Former world No. 1 Roger Federer absolutely enjoyed all of his previous Olympic experiences and he hopes the Tokyo Olympics will be staged in 2021. Federer, 38, made his Olympic debut at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where he made semifinal before losing to Tommy Haas and later to Arnaud di Pasquale in the bronze medal match.
Federer won the gold medal with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but he is lacking a gold medal in singles. "I was fortunate that Sydney came when I was old enough and good enough to qualify. Olympics have always been special for me, every time for another reason.
2000 Mirka, 2004 and 2008 flag carrier, Gold with Stan in Beijing, Silver then in London. Unfortunately I was injured in Rio and now the games were postponed, I had the feeling I always took a lot with me away from the Olympic Games.
First to be part of it, then with the goal to get a medal, maybe even a Gold one. That‘s a completely different situation how you enjoyed the Olympics. I‘m curious how Tokyo will be. I hope it will take place. We are one year away but there are voices who say: Maybe it‘s to early until we have everything under control.
But I‘m hopeful all will be good," Federer said in Sportpanorama on SRF Sport.
Federer says winning a medal is a goal
"I think I can speak for both of us when I say that in our position a medal is a goal, otherwise you wonder why you even go there in the first place.
Of course I think something is possible. Whether this will be in singles, doubles or mixed. I don‘t know yet what I‘m going to play. I think I would have a chance in singles. At a tournament everything is possible. It‘s another story over a whole season but at one tournament many things are possible," Federer said.
Federer will be accompanied by his family in Tokyo and he hopes to have a successful run at the event. "At the situation I‘m in right now I have to honestly say that I would be glad to participate. When I‘m 100% fit I would be happy to get a medal.
And when I won‘t have one I will be disappointed but I know that I gave everything and can look back proudly: Tokyo has been great, it was another experience and I could participate at another Olympic Games. My family will be with me just like in London.
I think it‘s already an success for me when I‘m at 100% and can participate. But a medal should be the goal," Federer said.