Rafael Nadal makes retirement claim when asked Roger Federer question

Rafael Nadal makes retirement claim when asked Roger Federer question

Federer, 37, continues to defy Father Time and is still winning tournaments 20 years after breaking through on tour.Meanwhile, 32-year-old Nadal is

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Federer, 37, continues to defy Father Time and is still winning tournaments 20 years after breaking through on tour.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Nadal is chasing his Swiss rival’s record but he does not think the hunt will go on for too much longer.

At the Indian Wells Masters this week the older players have shown the NextGen stars that the changing of the guard is still on hold.

But world No 2 Nadal does not think he will still be playing when he reaches the age of arch-rival Federer.

“Probably not, today,” Nadal said.

“But when I was 26 or 25, I was not able at that point to see me playing at the age of almost 33.

“So you never know.”

Ivo Karlovic, 40, Venus Williams, 38, and Federer have all reached the latter stages of the Indian Wells Masters.

And Nadal claims there are three reasons why the experienced players are continuing to dominate.

“Honestly, I gonna be a big and long answer to really develop what I think,” he added.

“I don’t think is the right moment to talk. But is obviously that when this kind of stuff happens, is two reasons.

“First thing, of course, you are passionate about what you are doing.

“Second thing, you are able to work on the prevention of injuries. Treat your body the right way.

“Third thing, of course, you’re still competitive to win important things. That’s the main thing, too.”

Federer and Nadal are through to the quarter-finals in Indian Wells.

And they can meet in the semi-finals if they get through their respective ties tonight.

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