Tennis News: Roger Federer to retire; No reason to leave sport yet, says Lleyton Hewitt

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Mar 24, 2016; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Roger Federer speaks at a press conference on day three of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Federer has struggled with various injuries at this point of his career but former Australian pro Lleyton Hewitt says there is no reason for the Swiss Maestro to call it quits in the sport of tennis.

Hewitt said in a recent interview that he is impressed with Federer’s competitiveness and will to still battle the younger guys in the tour at his age.

“[Roger Federer] is so competitive and he wants to get out there and push himself as hard as he possibly can. And when you do retire you retire for an awfully long time so I think he’s still enjoying being out there,” Hewitt said via sportal.co.nz of Federer, who will turn 35 in August.

“He’s played through generations as well which is impressive and now playing against the likes of [Novak] Djokovic, [Andy] Murray and some of the younger guys that are at the top of their games, I think he’s enjoying pushing himself to that next level.”

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Federer is coming off a deep run at the Wimbledon Championships 2016 where he was eliminated in the semifinals.

“He has kept his body in great shape. He is moving as well as he has ever moved. He’s had a couple of niggling injuries I guess over the last six to eight months, which has made it slightly harder,” Hewitt, who retired from the sport earlier in 2016, added.

“But when he gets on the grass court at Wimbledon he can still compete against the very best players.”

Roger Federer is widely considered the greatest player in tennis and he wants to add another Grand Slam title with already 17 majors win in his career.

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Is it time for the Swiss Maestro to retire? Or is Lleyton Hewitt correct in saying that Roger Federer can still challenge the other elite players in the sport?

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