Love of the game why Federer keeps on keeping on
ROGER Federer believes improved diet, greater professionalism and a shrinking world will lead to more stars playing deep into their 30s.
Federer will match Lleyton Hewitt’s record of 20-consecutive Australian Open appearances when he bids for an unprecedented seventh men’s singles crown in Melbourne.
At 35, he had unfinished business to tend to but insisted playing on had nothing to do with keeping clear of great rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“I don’t think I needed them to push me, to be quite honest,” he said. “It’s more how is my wife, how are my kids, how is my body, how are my results?
“And my goal was always to play for as long as possible because I have a lot of passion for this sport. I love playing tennis — always have.
“I’ve always tried to remind myself that this was my dream to become a tennis player, not that it became a job as such and that’s why I think I’m able to show so much enthusiasm.
“So when I saw like Andre Agassi, or others, Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors play for a long time, I thought that was pretty cool, that they played through so many generations.
“So, if I had a chance to do it as well, I’d be happy to try to go there as well.”
Federer said he could barely believe he was still top 10, let alone world No.3.