Roger Federer will go for broke as he makes a full-time return to tennis at the French Open starting at the weekend. And the Swiss icon has revealed that he’s pleased and perhaps surprised to still be in the mix at age 39.

“Make no mistake about it: I want to earn more,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner told GQ.

“If not, I would not have gone through a last year of (two knee) operations, I would not have been on crutches and rehabbed.

“I have to prove to myself that my body is ready for it – my head certainly is.”

While he hopes to perform well at Roland Garros it’s on the grass where the eight-time Wimbledon winner is most keen to impress.

 “Honestly, I can’t believe I’m 39 years old. I’m going to turn 40 and I feel like the time on the circuit has flown by.

“I’ve enjoyed so many moments … it seems like yesterday when I was playing juniors.”

With less than three months left until he turns 40, Federer cannot yet see the eventual end of his tennis career.

“I don’t know when I’m going to retire,” he told the outlet. “I feel quite comfortable with the situation both my career and my life are in. 

“I also know that this moment is my last chance to do something great. You always have that feeling when already you have achieved all that I have achieved.”

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