Roger Federer ‘stopped believing’ he could continue playing amid injury problems

Roger Federer ‘stopped believing’ he could continue playing amid injury problems

Roger Federer says his decision to retire came after he “stopped believing” he could continue playing because of injuries.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is retiring from the sport   after this weekend’s Laver Cup in London.

The Swiss, 41, has not played since Wimbledon 2021, after which he had a third knee operation.

“The last three years have been tough to say the least,” he told BBC Breakfast.Federer said he had a scan a few months ago and it was “not what I was hoping for”, adding: “Very quickly we realised this was it.

“I knew I was on very thin ice for the last year ever since I played Wimbledon.

“I tried to come back but there was a limit to what I could do. And I stopped believing in it, to be honest.”

“Then the question becomes: how do you announce and when do you announce? This is when it becomes reality. It was OK but stressful.”

In a wide-ranging interview with Sally Nugent, Federer discussed his emotional retirement statement, reflected on his trophy-laden career, looked at what’s next for him and offered his memories of the late Queen.

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