General consensus around the tennis community had Roger Federer playing in the Olympic Games in London and then riding off into the sunset with his 16 Grand Slam titles and however many more he could win between now and the summer of 2012. A retirement of one of the greatest players tennis has ever known and an opportunity of sorts for every other player in the men's draw that would like a chance at the top spot.
Not so fast, says Federer in an interview with BBC Radio 5 on Thursday. It looks like the reigning "king of the hill" wants to stay on top a little while longer.
Federer not only seems excited about setting the record for most Grand Slam titles, but the birth of his two twin daughters in July has given the star a new breath of fresh air."People think I'm going to retire at the 2012 Olympics - which is not true. Even though you never know, it depends on your body, I would like to play beyond that so we'll see how it goes."
"I don't have a problem saying this is the second half of my career because I do have kids and a lot of things have changed around me," he told the BBC. Federer also mentioned that his best tennis may lie in the future.
While this is great news for the tennis world, there are likely more than a few tour players who were quietly counting down the days until Federer's name was no longer being engraved on every piece of hardware he set his sights on. With Federer still traveling with the tour -- and taking his wife Mirka and the twins along with him -- his record setting won't have to end in 2012.
"It's a lot of fun right now and I obviously want to do this as long as possible," said Federer to the BBC. As long as he stays healthy, and rejuvenated, the sky is certainly the limit.
Just how many Grand Slam titles are possible now for a Roger Federer who has no plans to stop anytime soon?