Roger Federer confirmed on Monday that he will compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, the fifth in his career and where he will try to win his third medal and the first gold at the individual level. "I have debated with my team for many months about what I should do in the summer of 2020, after playing Wimbledon and before the US Open, and in the end my heart decided that I would love to be back in the Olympic Games," Federer said. in Tokyo during an event with its sponsor 'Uniqlo'.
The one in Basel, who will turn 39 in August 2020 , was Olympic for the first time in Sydney 2000, where he lost in the semifinals against German Tommy Haas and Frenchman Arnaud di Pasquale in the fight for bronze. Already enshrined in the world elite and as world number one, he was in Athens 2004, where he was eliminated in the second round by Czech Tomas Berdych.
Nor did things go well for him in Beijing 2008 on an individual level, where the American James Blake appealed to him in the quarterfinals, although he did taste gold in doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka . In London he finally achieved his first individual medal, a silver after losing in the final with the Scot Andy Murray, and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 he missed an injury.
Now, despite his age, the winner of 20 'Grand Slams' seems to want to give himself the chance to win the Olympic gold, the only thing missing in his record . "I already carried the flag of Switzerland twice in Athens and Beijing, I got a gold and a silver, and I would love to play again, so I am very excited," he said.
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