To say Roger Federer had a disappointing and lackluster 2013 would be an understatement, but former French Open and U.S. Open champion Ilie Nastase thinks the people claiming the Federer has nothing left in the tank are off their rockers.
Nastase spoke about the criticisms of Federer to the Romanian media this week:
I don’t agree with those people who say that you should retire when you’re past your absolute best or prime.
If Federer wants to carry on playing, no-one is going to say: ‘No, we don’t want Federer to play’.
He is going to retire when he feels like it. I don’t think that he has to retire just because he is no longer the world number one. That happens to everybody, as you can’t stay as the world number one forever. He retires whenever (Reuters).
Nastase himself retired from professional tennis at age 39, but he continued to play in invitational tournaments for a few more decades. Federer is currently 32.