Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam record holder, wants to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. The 39-year-old Swiss legend returns to the court this week in Doha after a 13-month absence due to injury treatment and two knee surgeries.
Roger Federer has not played since the end of January 2020, when he lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open to future champion Novak Djokovic (Serbia). He hopes to have no problems with the injury and quickly get into playing form, setting his main goals for the season at Wimbledon and the Olympics in Tokyo.
“Preparing for the Olympics is part of my plan for this season, although my main goal now is from today to Wimbledon, which precedes the Tokyo Games,”Federer said.
“I hope to be in the best shape and knee problems are a thing of the past. The Olympics are a major goal for me. Unfortunately, I missed the Rio Games (in 2016) due to a left knee injury. I hope to return to Tokyo. “, added the Swiss.
He has Olympic gold in doubles with Stan Wawrinka from Beijing 2008, as well as silver in singles from London 2012.
The Swiss also pointed out the problem facing the new generation for a breakthrough in the big tournaments.
Rafa (Nadal), Novak and I still manage to play differently. One of the youngsters can beat me, but then he can’t deal with Novak. Or he can win against Novak, but he can’t fight Rafa, or to prevail over Rafa, but to drop out of me, I believe we will see a more serious change in three years, but I know that Rafa, Novak and I will not give up and will try to keep the level as long as possible and increase the number of our titles, “Roger Federer said.
Djokovic, 33, took his 18th Grand Slam trophy last month in Australia. Nadal, 34, like Roger Federer, has 20 Slam titles.