Roger Federer Retains Lust for Sporting Life

Updated: 09 June 2014 22:37 IST

Young at 32 and still going strong, seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has no thoughts of retirement just yet. Federer said he is still fascinated by the sport of tennis and still has the desire to face the challenges of the world's best players and the young stars.

Halle Westfalen, Germany:
Roger Federer French Open Federer kicks-off his grasscourt campaign in Halle this week where he will be seeking a seventh trophy to provide a timely boost ahead of his latest assault on Wimbledon where he has been champion on seven occasions.

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Roger Federer insisted Sunday that he remains fascinated by tennis despite suffering his worst French Open campaign in a decade and with just one Grand Slam title to his name in his last 17 majors.

The 32-year-old Swiss kicks-off his grasscourt campaign in Halle this week where he will be seeking a seventh trophy to provide a timely boost ahead of his latest assault on Wimbledon where he has been champion on seven occasions.

"It's great to return to Halle where I have so many fond memories and where I have something to defend," said Federer.

Halle was the site of his only title in 2013 and is the tournament where he first appeared in 2005 as a 19-year-old.

But he arrives in Germany still smarting from his fourth round exit to Ernests Gulbis at the French Open, his earliest exit from Roland Garros since a third round loss in 2004.

Despite that loss, Federer said he is no mood to retire.

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