Only a few days are left for Roger Federer to return to the field, who will compete in the ATP 250 in Geneva next week. The Swiss phenomenon has carried out a further block of training after the brief spell in Doha at the beginning of March, in which he had reached the quarter-finals, yielding a comeback to the future winner Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The former world number 1, who will also take part in Roland Garros in a couple of weeks, has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which will be his main goals in 2021. held last year, but was postponed for twelve months due to the well-known global pandemic.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion dreams of putting on the gold medal in singles, which has always escaped him until now. In London 2012 he had to settle for silver, while he was unable to go to Rio due to some physical problems.
In an interview with Swiss television 'Leman Bleu', the 39-year-old from Basel expressed some thoughts on the Olympics issue.
Roger Federer on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
"It's difficult," Roger Federer told Switzerland's Leman Bleu television.
"We're not hearing much. That makes me think the Games will happen, even if I've heard that lots of people in Tokyo are against the Games. But if that doesn't happen due to the situation, I would be the first to understand," Federer said.
"But I think what the athletes need is a decision: is it happening or isn't it?" Turning his attention to vaccines, Roger Federer confirmed he has received the antiviral jab - the one produced by Pfizer. He did, however, stress that he took the vaccine in the best interests of those around him rather than for his own benefit.
"Yes, I'm vaccinated," Federer said. "I got the Pfizer. I am happy to have been able to do it with all the trips I take. I did it above all for others. I don't want to give it (the virus) to anyone else. We have to be careful, we are very careful."
Over the past two decades, Roger Federer has been the face of tennis for his admirable on and off-court personality. For the same reason, he has a vast following in his home country. But while the 20-time Grand Slam champion called it unrealistic, he also tends to enjoy it.
“Sometimes it’s a bit exaggerated at the same time it’s pretty cool,” Federer said. (All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate). Furthermore, the tennis maestro expressed that it is the high regard more than any admiration that wins his heart. Henceforth, he puts his time and effort into paying back the same to his people.