Despite the disappointment of defeat in last weekends ATP World Tour finals Roger Federer remains as committed as ever to tennis and has already set his sights on 2013.
The 31-year-old was bidding to make it three finals victories in a row but was eventually beaten 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to world number one Novak Djokovic in a pulsating final at the 02 Arena in London.
It means he had to be satisfied with just a Wimbledon title and an Olympic silver medal in 2012, not a bad year for most peoples standards, though Federer is different to most people.
With 17 Grand Slam titles to his name you could forgive the Swiss for looking beyond his playing career, especially given the progress of Andy Murray, who finally broke his Grand Slam hoodoo in last Augusts US Open.
But Federer isnt having any of it - if anything the presence of a younger generation is spurring him on.
Beyond that calm exterior lies a burning passion to be the best and continue to be the best. Despite his advancing years he continues to get a kick out of the game and while that is happening, he sees no reason to call it a day.
When asked what it was that kept him going, he said: I think it's the love for the game, the appreciation I get from the crowds, I guess playing for records from time to time, playing against different types of generations and playing styles.
"I think you need inspiration, motivation from different angles to keep you going because it isn't that simple just to wake up every morning and go for another travel around the world, another practice, another fitness workout, another stretch."
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