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Roger Federer insists he is ‘definitely done’ and won’t follow Tom Brady’s relentless trend

Tennis legend Roger Federer has doubled down on his decision to seek a new life off the courts, confirming he will “definitely” retire from the game.

In an exclusive interview with NBC Today’s Savannah Guthrie, the 41-year-old Swiss star said the Laver Cup, which starts in London on Friday, will be the last ATP tournament he will ever attend.

Unlike several high-profile athletes, including NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brett Favre, and tennis stars Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, Federer, who was once ranked world No. 1 by the ATP for 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks, insisted his decision to retire from tennis was final.

However, Guthrie wanted to be absolutely sure that the Swiss had made up his mind.

“You know, disruption is a thing now,” the NBC Today co-host said in the interview, which will air Sept. 21. “You’re done?”

“No no. I’m definitely done,’ Federer replied. “I know it.”

Last week, the man with 103 career titles and an overall record of 1251-275 (82 percent) announced his retirement from tennis on social media.

“As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said in his statement.

“I worked hard to be fully competitive again. But I also know the capacities and limitations of my body and its message to me has been clear lately.”

“I am 41 years old. I’ve played more than 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed and now I have to realize when it’s time to end my competitive career,” he added.

Federer’s last appearance was at Wimbledon last year, where he reached the quarterfinals. His last Grand Slam triumph was at the 2018 Australian Open when, aged 36, he became the second oldest man to win a major singles title in the Open era.

The Swiss maestro, who has won eight Wimbledon titles, an all-time record, is retiring as one of the all-time greats.

Federer’s decision follows a personal, tumultuous period when he had to undergo three knee surgeries in a desperate return to his former glory.

Injuries have limited the tennis legend’s appearances on tour and he has only competed in three of the 11 Grand Slams played since early 2020.

In his statement shared on social media, Federer thanked his wife Mirka, as well as his coaches, fans and everyone involved in his stellar career. He also paid tribute to his fellow contenders such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who top the all-time Grand Slam rankings at 22 and 21 respectively.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play so many epic games that I’ll never forget,” the 41-year-old added in a video statement.

“We fought fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always did my best to respect the history of the game. I feel very grateful.

Federer’s decision to retire from tennis came shortly after another legend of the game, Serena Williams, announced her decision to “evolve” from the sport in a candid essay for Vogue.

The 40-year-old, who, like Federer, has been ranked as world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association for 319 weeks, including a shared record of 186 consecutive weeks, lost in the third round of the US Open earlier this month after winning the World number 2, Anett Kontaveit, in a thrilling encounter.

She said the tournament in New York would be her last major. Together with Federer, the two have won 53 Grand Slams in their careers – 23 for Williams and 20 for the Swiss maestro.

The full, exclusive one-on-one interview with Federer and Guthrie will air Wednesday, September 21 on NBC News’ TODAY.

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