Wimbledon: Roger Federer won't talk about retirement after shock defeat

Last Updated: 27/06/13 11:58am

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Roger Federer: Determined to come back stronger after his early Wimbledon exit

Roger Federer: Determined to come back stronger after his early Wimbledon exit

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Roger Federer insists there is still plenty more tennis left in him yet despite suffering a shock second round defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon.

The reigning champion went down 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 7-6 (7/5) to a player ranked 116 in the world, bringing to an end his incredible run of 36 successive quarter-final appearances in grand slams.

"I'll appreciate what I've achieved when I'm retired and that's not right now."
Roger Federer

The Swiss was bidding to win the tournament for a record eighth time but instead found himself having to respond to questions about his future after going down to the Ukrainian after exactly three hours on Centre Court.

When asked whether it felt like it was the end of an era, Federer replied: "No. I still have plans to play for many more years to come.

No panic

"It's normal for people to feel different after losing early all of a sudden. I'll be okay. I'm very happy about it. I wish (my run) wasn't going to end here today.

"But I don't think that's something fans are going to mourn, and neither am I.

"I can't panic at this point, that's clear. I just have to go back to work and come back stronger really.

"It's hard to do sometimes, but usually I do turnarounds pretty good.

"There's still a lot of tennis left.

"I'll appreciate what I've achieved when I'm retired and that's not right now."

Federer's exit comes after long-time rival Rafael Nadal failed to clear the first hurdle, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was another casualty on Wednesday after a knee injury forced him to pull out of his match against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

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