There is no way Federer's reputation could be damaged by continuing to play. No players quit just as soon as they're not World Number 1 anymore. I genuinely think Roger has a couple more Grand Slam wins under his belt before he retires.
Yes, Djokovic and Nadal are better players at the moment, but Federer has the quality and definitely the experience to win more Grand Slams. Watch out for him at Wimbeldon, he's a major contender.
It was only about a month ago that people were talking about his incredible post-US Open winning streak, and the fact that he has already picked up two Masters titles for this season. Yet the same people are already writing his obituary simply because he lost a French Open semi-final to the world no. 1 (no shame in that on Federer's weakest surface).
I just think there's too much BS surrounding Federer in the media. The truth is that the Federer of 2004-2007 is gone and will never be back, and that the current Federer is not quite at the level of the current no.1 and no.2. To believe otherwise will lead to inevitable disappointment. However, he still has the game to beat just about anybody else consistently on the ATP tour, and he still is a major Grand Slam contender. I still think that he has at least one more Grand Slam left in him, and that will most likely come at the US Open.
That's just daft lol
It's the natural order of things. You start off the best, but then eventually better players come along to replace you. He's still a brilliant player, and as someone above said, his rep isnt going to be harmed by continuing to play
Just the fact that he is still world number 3 and holding his own against the world's best, is an amazing acheivement at age 30 (31 this year I think?), considering as well that the game has developed to such levels of physicality - (slower courts, improved rackets pushing the game further towards defensive styles which is obviously more physically demanding). I often find it sad that former elite athletes feel the need to retire out of shame or to protect their reputation, I think Federer actually enjoys playing the game as much as the prestige of owning every tournament, so I don't think he should retire at all.
Well, back then he was knocking out about three Grand Slams a year and had a phenomenal win-lose ratio. Such feats would be really difficult for him to achieve now, partly due to the tougher competition and the greater physicality of the sport these days. I don't think that his actual level of play has decreased too much from those years (although it definitely has to some extent), but he is less consistent nowadays and is more prone to fatigue. Of course, this is all to be expected -- you cannot reverse the biological ageing process. There is very little reason to expect a world-class tennis player to be playing better in his early 30s than he was in his mid-20s.
Why should he hes still playing at an extremely high level, just so happens his aging a little but why retire when your still the 3rd best player in the world. Hes not damaging his reputation if anything hes getting more because at his age hes still so good. Maybe Murray should retire been trying for so long but hasn't got a grandslam yet. If he can keep playing like this i see no reason why he cant win one or two more especially at US/Aus or Wimbledon.
There's little doubt that Federer will never be as great a tennis player as he was two years ago. He will, however, remain the classiest, coolest tennis player. Ever. Don't get me wrong, I'm a die hard Nole fan, but I still enjoy watching great tennis players like Federer. Sadly, I think its time Roger stepped down and let Nadal and Nole continue on fighting over and over again for the Slam titles. Eh, I give Federer two years, then he's out of here. Maybe.