Roger Federer says he’s ‘definitely’ retiring from tennis

Tennis player Roger Federer says he is “definitely” retiring from the game he has dominated for nearly two decades.

The tennis legend sat down for an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie in London ahead of the Laver Cup, which kicks off on Friday. The 41-year-old said it will be his last tournament.

Federer, who announced his retirement earlier this month, told Savannah he has no intention of changing his mind.

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Federer arrives in London on the 18th of September ahead of the Laver Cup. He said it will be his last tournament. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for the Laver Cup

Savannah teased the Swiss star about whether he was sure he would leave, citing NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who announced his retirement in February but then decided to play one more season.

“You know, not retiring is one thing now,” Savannah said. “You finished?”

“No, no. I’m definitely done,” Federer replied. “I know that, yes.”

Federer announced his retirement in a message posted on social media on September 15.

“As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he said in his statement. “I worked hard to get back to full competitive shape. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.

“I am 41 years old. I played over 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever could have dreamed of, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

Federer’s announcement came about a month after Serena Williams announced she was “evolving” from tennis in an essay for Vogue. Williams lost in the third round of the US Open earlier this month, an appearance she said would be her last in a major tournament.

Like Williams, Federer will leave his tennis career behind with an impressive record: 103 tour singles titles and 20 Grand Slam singles titles. The New York Times reported that he spent 310 weeks in first place and also had a record six season finals wins.

His full interview airs the morning of September 21st on TODAY.

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