Following his defeat in the US Open final on Sunday, Roger Federer dismissed suggestions that he will call time on his career in the near future.
Federer suffered a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 loss to world number one Novak Djokovic in a highly entertaining final on Sunday, but unlike women's champion Flavia Pennetta – who announced her retirement following her victory – the Swiss world number two has no intention of hanging up his racquet just yet.
"I'll see you guys next year," Federer told the partisan New York City crowd after his loss.
"I'm very pleased with where my game's at. I feel like it's moving in the right direction."
Although more than three years have elapsed since Federer last tasted success at one of the sport's major events, the 34-year-old continues to defy predictions of his demise, having reached the finals of the last two grand slam events by playing a highly entertaining, aggressive style of tennis.
"I am playing a good year. I'm playing good tennis," the 17-time grand slam winner continued.
"I am happy with where my level is at. I'm able to be consistent, very consistent.
"Cincinnati obviously was a great feeling beating world number one (Djokovic) and world number two (Andy Murray) in the same week. I don't think I have done that before.
"Then of course it's also disappointment. Lost too many times in finals. But at the same time, I did win my tournaments, the ones I was supposed to.
"Year's not over yet. I usually do have strong finishes to the season, and I hope I can do that again."
After beating Djokovic and Murray in consecutive matches in Cincinnati without losing his serve, Federer had his chances against the Serb at Flushing Meadows, but could only convert four of the 23 break opportunities he had, as the world number one showed tremendous resolve and defensive ability.
Despite the disappointing nature of the defeat, Federer was full of praise for Djokovic, who has beaten him in their last three matches at the US Open.
"There were a lot of opportunities lost, I know why I lost," Federer continued.
"Yeah, surely I am very disappointed. I had my chances on my racquet. I should never been down in the score the way I was.
"But Novak did a great job of fending them off, and, you know, all of that.
"It was a tough night, but still, I don't know, thrilling at the same time.
"So something I will work on, and keep moving forward, you know. It's no problem for me."