Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. ENNIO LEANZA

Agassi's amazing Federer prediction

ANDRE Agassi believes Roger Federer can play on the ATP World Tour for at least another "four or five years" after his strong form to start the 2017 season.

The Swiss champion spent six months on the sidelines nursing a knee injury last year, failing to play a single tournament since his loss in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

He hadn't won a Grand Slam title since 2014 and it was widely believed that his time at the top of tennis had passed him by.

However, Federer surprised everyone by winning his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year. He then followed it up to win the Indian Wells and Miami Masters titles and is currently on a 19-1 win-loss streak.

At 35, it's an incredible run and he dismissed any notion of retiring soon by signing a deal to play his home tournament in Basel until at least 2019, when he will be 38 years old.

But Agassi believes Federer can keep on playing for longer. Asked if he could have prolonged his own career after seeing how Federer is doing it, Agassi demurred.

"No no. Coming back I would have probably called it a career before," Agassi told tennisworldusa.org. "Every tennis player has a different career and each one has his reason to retire. In my case my body had told me to stop and I didn't have other choice. Also, I never had Roger's game.

 

Andre Agassi playing an exhibition match in 2015.
Andre Agassi playing an exhibition match in 2015. WALLACE WOON

"For me it was easy, but it seems that he can keep going for another four or five years. The only thing I can say is that when the end comes, it comes in a fast way and you do not expect it. Something happens and everything changes."

Federer is in the midst of a 10-week break after playing four tournaments since the start of 2017.

The world No.4 has chosen to skip the upcoming clay court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome and will only return for the French Open, beginning on 22 May.

Federer has said that he will not play as many tournaments as he has done and will instead focus on peaking at the major events. Wimbledon and US Open are his main targets in 2017.

"In Dubai I realised that I needed a break," he told tennisworldusa.org. "After Indian Wells and Miami, I understood that playing in the clay season would have been too much."

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