Roger Federer drops retirement hint after US Open win as he seeks 21st Grand Slam title

The Swiss legend, now 37-years-old, has suggested he is "almost" close to hanging up his racket after a glittering career.

Fed revealed the news completely unprompted after beating Yoshihito Nishioka for his 18th-straight first-round win at the tournament.

When asked on his impressive record in New York, Federer replied: "I’m very happy to be back here in New York healthy.

"The last couple of years have been difficult so it’s nice to be back feeling really good.

"I’m happy I never stumbled at the first hurdle.

"It’s almost time to retire… but not yet! I’m happy I played well tonight."

The revelation prompted a series of boos around the Arthur Ashe Stadium – such is his popularity across the globe.

Earlier in the day, Federer thumped world No177 Nishioka 6-2 6-2 6-4 to march onto round two.

Federer will be hoping to keep his evergreen form alive as he hunts Grand Slam No21 – and his first in the US since 2008.

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