Roger Federer has once again addressed his playing future after defeating Nick Kyrgios at the Laver Cup.
The Swiss Maestro easily dispatched of Aussie firebrand in Chicago, dazzling in a 6-3 6-2 victory, but it was in his post-match press conference when he really caused a stir.
Speaking after lighting up an arena that was once the home of Chicago’s Michael Jordan, the 37-year-old was feeling inspired to go on with his career and create even more history.
“It gave me a lift (playing in Chicago) and not an idea to retire. I don’t want to do that,” Federer told Mark Petchey.
“It’s an absolute privilege to play where Michael Jordan has had so much success.
“He was one of my heroes and inspirations so to be in the city where he has left such a big mark means a lot to me.
“It’s a wonderful city to play in, to have the Laver Cup in Chicago, what great fans. We made the perfect choice.”
Federer’s Laver Cup comments will relieve his passionate fans around the world, after he hinted at retiring during the recent US Open.
After defeating Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the tournament, Fed stunned his fans by saying “it’s almost time to retire”.
“I’m very happy to be back here in New York healthy,” Federer said in August.
“The last couple of years have been difficult so it’s nice to be back feeling really good.
“I’m happy I never stumbled at the first hurdle.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 23, 2018
“It’s almost time to retire… but not yet! I’m happy I played well tonight.”
Europe lead World at Laver Cup before final day
Team Europe hold a 7-5 lead over Team World before the final day’s action at the Laver Cup.
On day two day Roger Federer dazzled Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-2 while Novak Djokovic lost to Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 10-6 in two grand slam re-matches from this year.
Alexander Zverev overcame new dad Josh Isner 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 10-7 in the first match on court before Kyrgios teamed up with Jack Sock in the evening session to defeat the pair of Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin 6-3 6-4.
The roars at the United Center were reserved more for underdogs Team World but there was no escaping Federer’s casual brilliance against Kyrgios.
It took just three games for Federer to break the Australian in the opening set, but he waited for a shorter period in the second, breaking him at love in his first service game with a masterful combination of play that sent the capacity crowd to rapture.
At times, Kyrgios also was sharp, and sent blitzing passing shots past Federer but the world No.2 was the superior player and won 22 more points.
“I felt good from the beginning and that’s not usual,” Federer said in his post-match interview court-side.
“We need some matches to get going but today I was very clear in my game plan and I got wonderful support from my team,”
Things were starting to look problematic for Team World after Kyrgios’ defeat and John Isner’s earlier to Zverev, but Anderson provided a timely tonic to swing some momentum.
Djokovic, winner of the past two grand slam titles, double-faulted on set point to give the South African the advantage.
The world No.3 Serb fought back to break Anderson at 5-5 in the second set and served it out to level the score but he but could not get the job done in the third-set tiebreaker.
“We’ve had some really close matches that haven’t gone our way and I really wanted to put us back in there,” Anderson said of the turnaround in Team World’s fortunes after recording his first triumph over Djokovic in a decade.
Four matches remain on Sunday, each worth three points, with doubles to be followed by three singles rubbers.