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I'll be playing for some time - Federer

ESPN staff
October 20, 2013
Roger Federer has only won one title in 2013 © AP

Roger Federer insists he will continue to play the game he loves for a whole lot longer despite suffering a miserable campaign.

The record 17-time grand slam champion has only won one trophy in 2013 (Halle), and his place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals is not yet secured as he stands in eighth place in the Race to London, with the top nine players set to reach London's O2 Arena due to Andy Murray's withdrawal.

Federer, who has won the season-finale a record six times, is being written off by critics, but at the age of 32 he admits he still has plenty to give.

"As long as my body and mind is ready to go to travel, [and] I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing, I'm successful. I'll be playing for some time and that hasn't changed due to a tough six months right now," Federer said ahead of his home tournament at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

Federer is hoping a strong run in Basel will help him qualify for The O2 after being stunned in the second round of Wimbledon and the fourth round at the US Open.

"I definitely think it's an advantage playing at home. I'm here to try and play well and qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but the focus is totally on this tournament. I'll take it step-by-step this week in Basel and in Paris. Mentally, I'm starting to focus on the first match and I hope it's going to go well for me," Federer, a former ball boy at the Swiss Indoors Basel, said.

The Swiss also has ambitions of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio as he is yet to win a gold medal having lost out to Murray to finish with silver at London 2012.

"[Playing at the Rio Olympics] is something I'd like to achieve. That doesn't mean I'm going to end my career there, or earlier or later. It's just an idea," he said.

Federer also admitted he made a mistake in playing events with a back injury earlier in the season. "With hindsight, I shouldn't have done. They were errors."

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