Until 2014, Roger Federer had only one unachieved goal, winning the Davis Cup title for Switzerland. The 19-time Grand Slam champion achieved this goal in 2014, when he won the title for his country by beating France in the final with his teammates, including Stan Wawrinka.
After that tie Federer only played one tie, and he needs to play three other ties in order to be eligible to eventually compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a press conference, a few weeks ago at the ATP Finals in London, a journalist reminded him of this rule.
To which, Federer replied, 'I haven't officially retired from the Davis Cup. It's just because it's always highly unlikely that I'll play at this stage of my career. You know, I haven't set Tokyo Olympics as a goal either.
It hurt not being in Rio, but I was okay without it, too. I was flag bearer twice. I won gold. I won silver. I feel like I achieved a lot of great things at the Olympics. I'm not thinking that far ahead, yeah.' Switzerland will face Kazakhstan in an away tie in Astana in the World Group first round in February, and both Federer and Wawrinka won't play.
In 2017, playing without its two top-ranked players, Switzerland still managed to beat Belarus 3-2 in September in the World Group play-offs. ALSO READ: Felix Auger-Aliassime to train with Roger Federer for two weeks .