Roger Federer has retired on the eve of his long-awaited return to the ATP tour

The 39-year-old, who took two surgeries to correct a longstanding knee problem, is returning to Qatar this week – his first tournament since the 2020 Australian Open

In a positive mood, speaking at a press conference, the 20-time Grand Slam champion believes that retirement is not in sight and he firmly believes that one of the great stories of the sport is not yet completed

“I just have the feeling that the story is not over yet,” said Federer on Sunday, looking forward to his comeback tournament at the Qatar Open

The Swiss legend accepted that it was still in the works but added that he hoped to be “100 percent” by the time Wimbledon came over

“I’m very happy to be playing a tournament again. It’s been a long time I never thought it would take that long,” said Federer

When asked if he had thought about his future, he added, “Retirement was never really planned

“I think it’s more of a conversation if the knee has been bothering me for months – then let’s take a look

“This is not the time to think about it, let’s say this fall this year

“I just feel like the story isn’t over yet. It’s not that there is a specific reason I wanted to keep playing tennis other than that I love to play tennis I like to be on the go

“I’ve still got some work to do, but probably one of the other reasons I’m going back is because I want to get this high again by playing against the biggest players and in the biggest tournaments and hopefully winning them again””

Federer, who is three-time champion in Doha but has not competed there since 2012, meets his occasional training partner, the British number 11 Dan Evans or the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in his first game

“At that moment, of course, I have the feeling that it’s all about how the games go, how the training goes with all the top guys and professional players, not just with sparring partners

“I hope from Wimbledon, I’ll be 100 percent and then the season starts for me

“Until then, it’s all just ‘let’s see how it goes’ – I might surprise myself, but then I’ve already done it in practice for the past few weeks I was surprised how well it actually went

Federer will be eliminated from the top 5 in the world rankings for the first time in five years on Monday

The way he thinks Chris is extraordinary. At this stage in his life and career he has made it All records are not his health problem! He’s such an inspiration to all players and he respects everyone We’re so happy to still have him out there for as long as he can

Nice to hear I didn’t see him in US OPEN AO etc. He has to take part in the next event

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