But Federer, who turns 40 in August, and long-time rival Nadal, who will be 35 in June, are slowly but surely reaching the end of their careers.
The pair have defied expectation to continue to dominate into their mid-to-late 30s but Novak Djokovic is rapidly closing in on the two 20-time Grand Slam winners having clinched his 18th major at the Australian Open earlier this year.
The trio continue to be the biggest threats at Slams despite their age, with Djokovic also ageing and set to turn 34 next month.
And world No 3 Nadal, as he bids to outdo Federer and Djokovic and go down as the greatest of all time, hopes to have another two years at least on the ATP Tour.
“Of course, I will not be playing until the age of 45, no? I am always trying to do things as best as possible to play as long as possible.
“As everybody knows, of course it’s going to arrive one day that you cannot keep going. For the moment, I’m happy what I’m doing.
“I’m enjoying it and I hope to have the chance to keep around the tournaments for the next couple of years.”
Nadal insists he is different to rival Djokovic in that he does not obsess over records, with the Serbian having made it clear he was delighted to recently overtake Federer for the most weeks as the No 1 ranked player in history.
“I enjoy what I am doing. I am happy playing tennis,” the Spaniard continued. “Of course, I want to win more Slams, yes. No doubt about that.
“Like he’s always saying and talking about these records and well done for him… but it’s not my approach to my tennis career.
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“I have a healthy ambition. Of course, I am ambitious, if not I would never be in the position I am today but I have probably a different kind of ambition than him, for example.
“I just keep going, keep doing what I’m doing and just try to put myself in a position to keep enjoying the tour and, of course, try to achieve as much as possible.
“I am super satisfied about the career I’m having. Not today, I was super satisfied years ago already but I am not making a step back in motivation because of that.
“I know some of the numbers are completely crazy and I could never dream at all about these numbers. At the same time, I never had a lot of time to think about numbers.
“Hopefully at the end of my career, when I stop doing what I am doing, I’m going to have the time to analyse more these things. Today, I’m just focused to try and keep going.
“Tennis, it goes quick. We have a lot of tournaments throughout the year and, for example, during this clay-court season I’m playing in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and then probably Madrid and Rome and then Roland Garros.
“So it’s not plenty of time to enjoy success or to think about, ‘I have this. I have won this’.
“I know I had a lot of success in this part of the season but in the past. This year is another year. The only thing that I’m doing is try to play and practise every day with the right attitude and try to put myself in a position again to be very competitive in the beginning.”
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