Roger Federer fires a forehand return during his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer fires a forehand return during his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon. NIC BOTHMA

Roger that: Federer's wife has say on retirement

TENNIS: Roger Federer's ultimate tennis destiny rests with injury management and the willingness of his wife Mirka to continue travelling with the couple's four young children.

Preparing to chase an eighth Wimbledon crown and 19th major overall against Marin Cilic tonight, Federer has no immediate plans to retire.

But the 35-year-old says health issues aside, any decision to bow out will be influenced by his family.

"Health has definitely a role to play in my decision making, no doubt about it,” Federer said.

"As I move forward, I'll be very cautious of how much I will play, how much I think is healthy.

Mirka, the wife of Switzerland's Roger Federer, center, celebrates after he beat Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in their Men's Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/Pool Photo via AP)
Mirka, the wife of Roger Federer, celebrates during his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych. Gareth Fuller

"Then, of course, it's discussions with my wife about the family, about my kids.

"Is everybody happy on tour? For the time being, it seems like absolutely no problem, which is wonderful.

"Then success to some extent also is key for staying out there. This tournament, again, helps me to stay hopefully on tour longer, to be honest.”

Federer will face Cilic for the sixth time tonight, bidding to add to titles annexed in 2003-07, '09 and '12.

Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates after beating Sam Querrey of the United States 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5 in a Wimbledon semifinal on July 14, 2017. (Kyodo)==Kyodo
Marin Cilic celebrates after beating Sam Querrey to advance to the final at Wimbledon.

Cilic will attempt to become Croatia's first Wimbledon champion since his former coach Goran Ivanisevic downed Pat Rafter in 2001.

Federer is arguably in the best form of his career - perhaps even better than his halcyon years between 2004-09, when he collected 14 majors.

All the more remarkable is that Federer was able to resume after a six-month break after knee injury to win January's Australian Open and then claim four of his next four tournaments.

epa06088063 Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during his semi final match of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 14 July 2017.  EPA/PETER KLAUNZER EDITORIAL USE ONLY; NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES  EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
Roger Federer reacts during his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych. PETER KLAUNZER

Federer glided past Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals with a consumate performance that prompted the Czech to say: "I don't see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older.

"I think he's just proving his greatness in our sport. If you look at the other guys who are 35, 36, I think you can very clearly see that age and the years on tour are affecting them.

"But not with him. He played one slam (this season), he won it.

"He's playing a second, he's in the final.”

Berdych was then asked "if the tennis gods came up to you and said, please tell us one weakness of Roger Federer, what would you say?”

He responded by saying the question made no sense because Federer is the tennis god.