Coronavirus: Roger Federer reveals how he’s practising at home
This summer’s Olympic Games is high on Roger Federer’s agenda as the singles gold medal is one of the only tennis achievements he has never accomplished. The Swiss star lost in the 2012 final to Andy Murray and he is desperate to succeed this year.
The Tokyo Olympic Games will likely be Federer’s last before he retires so the pressure will be on to secure gold.
The 39-year-old is recovering from knee surgery and he will skip next month’s Australian Open to ensure he is fully fit for the Japan event.
However, the field could include long-term rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which would make Federer’s task all the more difficult.
But world No 2 Nadal has cast doubt on his participation for Spain.
“What we have to do is just follow the instructions of what the people who really have the right knowledge of all this stuff give to us,” he told reporters on Sunday.
A stacked summer ATP Tour schedule may not allow time for players to quarantine in Japan.
“Combining our tour with another 15 days of quarantine to play Olympics,” he said. “It looks difficult to fix it in our calendar.”
Djokovic claimed it would be “the greatest honour” to represent Serbia at “the oldest and most traditional event in the history of sport”.
And he does plan to travel to Asia even though he has concerns over mandatory quarantine regulations.
“I am personally planning to go for the Olympic Games. I’m really hoping that the Olympics will happen,” the Serbian said.
“It’s going to be a lot of people obviously. Far more than a tennis tournament.”
However, Djokovic has leart his lesson and will not try to make demands over quarantine regulations.
“It’s obviously not up to me to talk about organisation or what can be done, should be done, what will be done,” he added.
Speaking last month, Federer said: “Big plan is to be there (in Japan) for the Olympics. You know, this is for me the big one.
“Maybe selfishly for me it has not been a bad thing that it was actually moved a little, you know because of the problems I had last year. It was a big shock for all of us when Wimbledon pulled out because of the pandemic and then Tokyo Olympics shortly after that, was moved.
“Let’s hope for the best for the Olympic Games coming to Tokyo next year, this is also one of my big goals. I really hope I can come back to Tokyo for that.”
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