Published On: Mon, Nov 11th, 2019

Roger Federer tells Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic ‘only way’ he’ll stay on tour | Tennis | Sport

Roger Federer has told Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic he’ll only stay on the ATP Tour if his family continue to enjoy it.

The Swiss maestro is currently in London for the ATP Finals. The 38-year-old is under pressure to beat Matteo Berrettini after using 7-5 7-5 to Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

With Federer in the twilight years of his career, many fans are unsure how long he has continue performing at the highest level.

And in a joint-interview with the BBC, Federer has told Nadal and Djokovic he’ll only keep going if his children are happy.

“I like it,” he said when asked about his children travelling on tour with him.

“It’s the only way I can see it working for me to still stay on tour.

“The kids need to be happy on the road though.

“We have the four children, so a lot goes into it.

“It’s just a busy household and sometimes busy nights as well.”

Federer’s defeat to Thiem was his third in as many matches against the Frenchman.

And the Swiss veteran has admitted he paid the price for a sluggish start to their showdown, saying: “I thought he played well.

“The start definitely didn’t help, that put me on the back foot a little bit.

“But I recovered well, and I thought after that the match was actually pretty even for a long period of time.

“I had my chances, didn’t feel like I was outplayed or anything. Just maybe that first-round hiccups, not hitting your spots on the serve, getting into trouble early in the service games which perhaps doesn’t happen later on in the tournament.

“I thought also Dominic saved himself really well when he had to, so I thought he played a tough first-round performance today, and my game was probably just not good enough.”

Federer also admitted he must beat Berrettini, who slumped to a defeat against Djokovic over the weekend.

“It’s a normal tournament from here on forward… I’m not allowed to lose anymore,” Federer added.

“That’s how it has been every week of the year for the last 20 years, so from that standpoint there is nothing new there.

“Matteo, with his serve and with what he can do, obviously any opponent is dangerous here. He didn’t obviously have the best match today against Novak.

“It’s probably also the toughest way to start off the Finals, playing Novak on the indoors, because he rarely has hiccups as well early on in tournaments.

“I’ve got to recover, I’ve got make sure I play better than today, and hopefully I can win that match.’”

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