Roger Federer says he hopes to ‘finish career on his own terms’ as he prepares for March comeback

Roger Federer insists he does not have any specific plans to retire, but he hopes he can finish his career ‘on his terms.’

Federer has been away from tennis for 12 months now as he battles his way back from double knee surgery.

He had hoped to make his comeback at the Australian Open this month, but has instead delayed his return to Doha in March.

It remains to be seen how successful Federer can be at 39-years-old and coming back from a major injury.

He says he is just concentrating on taking one step at a time for now, although he hopes to be able to play the whole season after he returns.

“My biggest wish is to finish my career on my terms,” Federer told SRF.

“As I’ve said before, it doesn’t have to be a fairy-tale ending, it doesn’t have to be a Wimbledon victory, and then I’ll walk away.

“The most important thing for me is to be completely healthy again.

“And of course, that the fans can return to the stadiums. I followed tennis the last few months with melancholy.

“I haven’t set a specific date for the end of my career. We will now give it a go.

“For now, the goal is to play for the whole season. Then we’ll see how my body has reacted and how the results were,”

“I just hope that everything will go well with the knee. I still have many wishes. I will just give it my all.

“I hope I can give the fans beautiful victories again and some beautiful emotions.”

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