Roger Federer failed once again against Novak Djokovic to bow out of Paris Masters 2018. After the defeat, the Swiss legend dropped some (indirect) hints of retirement. In addition, his coach Severin Luthi admitted that Federer may call it quits in a year's time.
Federer, who returned to play in the city of lights for the first time since 2015, was asked whether he could return to the French capital again. He replied, "No idea if it was the last match. It was a good one actually. I am sorry I lost. Because it's never fun and nice to lose. I don't know.As I said for the French Open, I will decide at the end of the year to see how it will have an impact on my physical training. Bercy (Paris Masters) as for next year, it's like every year, it's always difficult. I can't foresee too much in advance but I don't think it will be my last match here."
On the other hand, his current coach Luthi said, "He does not talk much about his retirement and does not like to talk about it, because it's like it makes it come faster. I can see him playing again between one and three years."
After a rollicking start to 2018 by winning the Australian Open, Federer's form dipped from thereon. He faced a shocking defeat to Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2018. Further, he lost to John Millman in the round of 16 in US Open 2018.
With a gruelling schedule with back-to-back ATP events, Federer lost steam. It will be interesting to see what holds ahead for the tennis legend.
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