LONDON Roger Federer, eliminated in the semifinals of the Masters of London, feels "still competitive at age 37" and is already concentrating on his 22nd season as a pro in which his first goal is to win a title that will take his record to 100.
"I can not wait to go on vacation with my family," said the world number 3 after falling to German Alexander Zverev in his 13th and last tournament of the year.
"But of course the plan is to play again next year and set a good timeline," said the Swiss, who can make a bracket during the clay court as he did this year and the previous.
At this point, he said he will make a decision "in the coming weeks".
When it comes to taking stock of the season that ends, the Basel player said he was "very satisfied". "Sampras said one day – if you win a Grand Slam, it's a good season," he said, referring to his triumph at the Australian Open.
His 20th Grand Slam title allowed him to start a season perfectly and to occupy, a few weeks later, after winning in Rotterdam, the number 1, becoming the oldest tennis player in history in this position, at 36 years and six. months, more than five years after losing his throne in November 2012.
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"It was a very important moment in my life, I never thought I could go back," he recalled.
Soon he could not extend his positive trajectory, although he got two more titles in Stuttgart and Basel, his 99th trophy on the circuit. Earlier, an unexpected elimination at the US Open in the second round against the Australian John Millman, then 55th world.
"My second part of the season could have been better. Maybe I lost some tight games that could have changed things for me at Wimbledon or Paris (Masters 1000)," he acknowledged.
In the grass London fell in the quarter against South African Kevin Anderson in a duel in which he came to have two sets of advantage and lost a match ball. A couple of weeks ago in Paris gave the semifinals to Novak Djokovic, in a duel to remember, that granted no break.
But this course the Swiss master did not show his best version against the best players. Before the London Masters, his balance against the Top 10 was two wins and five losses.
"I'm very proud to be still so competitive and I'm happy to play tennis at 37," he said on Saturday.
"Being so close to the best makes me think I can continue, that I can win again, it's a kind of inspiration," he added.