Seasoned Indian tennis player Leander Paes spoke highly of Swiss Roger Federer, saying, it is amazing to see how the 38 year old keeps ‘reinventing’ himself to keep himself in contention for more Grand Slams. Federer recently confirmed that he would be featuring at the Tokyo Olympics and Paes too has eyes set there.
“This (2020) year’s Australian Open is going to be very unique. Roger Federer just announced that he will be playing in the Olympics in 2020. I think that is just a fantastic news for the tennis fans because there’s always a question of whether he is going to continue or not,” said Paes.
Federer has never won the Olympic Singles Gold Medal. He won silver at the London Olympics in 2012 after losing to Britain’s Andy Murray. He has won the Doubles Gold Medal with Stan Wawrinka. “Don’t be surprised if you see Roger in the last couple of days at the Australian Open.
He knows he is going to push really hard in the final sprint,” Paes assessed. “What he has been able to do over the last few years in reinventing himself to win grand slams. He came a sliver shy of winning a record Wimbledon title.
It’s amazing what Roger is doing to reinventing himself to win grand slams”. Speaking about his participation at the Tokyo Olympics, he added, “Tokyo (Olympics) is a long way away. As far as I am concerned, I was conceived at the Olympics in 1972 when my parents were there.
Every Sunday morning, I used to polish my dad’s medal and everything I have dreamt for is to play for the flag of our country, for the people of our country. So, if I am ever called, rest assured I will be there for the country,” said Paes.
“I have already got the record for most number of Olympics played. But I think an eighth Olympics will be India’s record,” he added.