Federer denies plans to retire in the near future

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SWISS tennis great Roger Federer says he has no plans for retirement despite a disastrous 2013 campaign which has seen him slump to No.7 in the world.

But the 32-year-old 17-time grand slam winner, who split from coach Paul Annacone last week, said part of the reason for his drop off in form was his heavy schedule.

"I played matches that I should never have played," he said. "I should have left in Indian Wells (last March, with back pain) before the quarter-finals against (Rafael Nadal). This summer, I should not have tried to play on clay in Hamburg and in Gstaad. But things always look better in hindsight."

Federer (pictured) said there were still things to achieve in his career.

"As long as my body and mind is ready to go to travel, I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing," he said.

"I'm successful. I'll be playing for some time. That hasn't changed due to a tough six months.

"Playing at the Rio Olympics (in 2016) is something I'd like to achieve.

"That doesn't mean I'm going to end my career there, or earlier or later. It's just an idea."

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