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Roger should continue: Bob

Calcutta: Bob Brett feels Roger Federer should not think about quitting the game.

According to the high-profile coach, who has trained stalwarts like Boris Becker and Goran Ivenisevic, the former world No.1 should be allowed to continue as long as he feels he could be competitive. “If Roger is enjoying playing, why shouldn’t he carry on then? Even Ken Rosewall played till 39 years of age. If Roger feels he’s competitive, he should certainly continue.

“He started hitting the ball much better in London (during Wimbledon) and won some important points as well. He still believes he can get back on top.

“Look how long Sachin (Tendulkar) played. As far as legends are concerned, I think it’s best if the aspect of their retirement is left to them,” said Brett, in the city for a five-day tennis clinic, organised by the Enrico Piperno Tennis Trust in collaboration with the Ordnance Club and the South Club, on Thursday.

Hailing the comeback of Rafael Nadal, Brett also showered praise on Andy Murray, who’s improved by leaps and bounds over the last few years.

Talking about Leander Paes, the Aussie highlighted that the former’s passion to play for India. “Indoubles, under the new system, it’s easier to stay longer. But for Leander, it’s his passion and competitiveness that keeps him going. No doubt, he and (Radek) Stepanek are a great pair,” Brett stressed.