Wimbledon, United Kingdom, June 26, 2021 (AFP) – Roger Federer, who will turn 40 on August 8, announced on Saturday that he will decide after Wimbledon whether to go to the Tokyo Games in a bid to win an individual gold. The only important title missing among all your achievements.
“I am looking forward to going to the Olympics. But I decided with my team to let Wimbledon through, sit down and decide what to do,” the Swiss said of the big event in the Japanese capital (July 23 – August 8). .
In his press conference, Federer said he was “ready” to play the English Championship on grass, where he will seek the title for the ninth time, number 21 in the Grand Slam, by defeating Spaniard Rafael Nadal (with whom he tied at 20).
Ten days after Haley lost in the second round on grass to Felix Auger-Aliassime, with neither his game nor his mentality pleased him, the 39-year-old Swiss said he is ready to take on his favorite Grand Slam, for which he holds the record. Eight awards.
At Halle, a tournament he won ten times, “things were mentally derailed,” he explained.
“There are ways to lose,” the Swiss said. “The good thing is that I know it won’t be played here. I’m ready, anxious, ready and I know I can do a lot better.”
“Now I’m at Wimbledon and I have a chance. I know that if I start well, if I get to week two, which is my immediate goal, I will get stronger, game by game, and I think anything is possible.”
Federer, who lost in the final to Novak Djokovic in 2019, the last edition of the English Championship before last year’s cancellation, said he was “very happy” to return to Wimbledon “after the difficult year we all had”.
Federer underwent arthroscopy of his right knee in 2020, while the circuit has been halted due to the pandemic.
At Roland Garros, he reached the round of 16, but left the competition to take care of his knee, which was much needed in long duels on clay.
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