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Federer shows no signs of retiring soon

Press Association logoPress Association 21/02/2017

Retirement plans appear to be far away from Roger Federer's mind after he committed to playing in his hometown tournament of Basel until 2019.

The 35-year-old has signed a new three-year deal with the Swiss Indoors event, which he has won seven times since making his debut in 1998.

There were serious question marks about Federer's future when he returned in January from six months on the sidelines with knee problems.

But he defied the doubters in spectacular fashion by beating Rafael Nadal to win his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open.

Federer, who will be 38 when the Swiss Indoors is played in 2019, was forced to miss the event last year and is looking forward to returning in October.

"I cannot wait to return to my home country in the autumn. Playing in Basel is always a highlight of the year," Federer said in a statement.

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