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Legend Bjorn Borg predicts Federer will quit in 2016

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/07/2015

Ice cool: Bjorn Borg
Ice cool: Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg has predicted Roger Federer will retire at the end of next season. Five-time Wimbledon champion Borg suspects the Swiss, who has 17 grand slam titles and is seeking more, will want to bow out at the top.

And a year that could see Federer go for gold at the Olympic Games in Brazil may offer that opportunity.

Borg said: "At 34 (Federer turns 34 in August) he still has the motivation, is still going out and working really hard - he wants to go out and win more tournaments and more grand slam tournaments.

"I think he's going to play one more year."

Speaking on Live@Wimbledon, the 59-year-old Swede added: "I think next year he wants to try to go for the Olympics in Rio, and then after next year I think he will step away from the game. I hope not."

Between 1974 and 1981 Borg became the first male professional to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles: six at the French Open and five consecutive at Wimbledon.

He also won three year-end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles.

But he quit tennis in 1983 at the age of 26 and a comeback in the early 1990s proved unsuccessful.

Borg was one of the Royal Box luminaries yesterday along with another of the greatest players of all time, Rod Laver.

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