After Roger Federer racked up career title 101 with a clinical 6-1 6-4 dissection of John Isner at the Miami Open on Sunday, the American defending champion seemed as keen as the crowd for the Swiss to carry on competing for titles.
“We all want you to keep playing and never retire,” gushed Isner after being brushed aside in 63 minutes by the fourth-seeded Swiss.
This seems an odd statement from a player who has now been beaten six times by Federer in eight career meetings.
A more honest response might have been, “Roger you have won enough please go away”.
Federer has already amassed a record 20 Grand Slam trophies and Miami was his 101st career title leaving him just eight shy of matching Jimmy Connors’ all-time mark.
The Swiss has said he is not yet thinking about the record and neither is he contemplating retirement.
At 37, the retirement question is one that comes up for Federer before every event and after it – win or lose — as it did in Miami. His answer is always the same, “Why should I?”
The evergreen Federer is healthy, happy and winning. With Sunday’s triumph – his fourth in Miami – he is the only player on the ATP or WTA Tour to capture two titles this season.