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Roger Federer

Roger Federer says he has no plans to hang up his racquet and retire from tennis.

The 16-time grand slam champion and world number one has dismissed speculation he will step away from the sport following the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“People think I'm going to retire at the 2012 Olympics —which is not true,” said the 28-year-old, who last night defeated fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-1 in the Madrid Open.

“Even though you never know, it depends on your body, I would like to play beyond that so we'll see how it goes.”

Federer will begin the defence of his French Open title at Roland Garros later this month and insists his hunger to add to his 62 career titles remains and he is yet to even contemplate retirement.

The Swiss added: “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.

“It's a lot of fun right now and I obviously want to do this as long as possible. The moment you start questioning yourself and asking ‘how am I going to go out of this sport?' — well it's never crossed my mind.”

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