Roger Federer gunning for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics next year

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Roger Federer
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Roger Federer has proclaimed his ambitions to win an Olympic medal at the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for next year.

Federer still holds the record for men’s Grand Slam singles titles (20), one ahead of Rafael Nadal.

The last three of those came in the 13 months after returning from knee surgery, winning the 2017 and 2018 Australian Opens as well as an eighth Wimbledon crown in between.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will be nearing his 40th birthday next summer, which had raised doubts over his participation at the Games.

Federer told SRFSport that he was still planning to compete at the Games and was targeting a third Olympic medal.

Federer won gold for Switzerland in the doubles at Beijing 2008 then was beaten by Andy Murray in the singles final four years later on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

And he revealed he is desperate to get his hands on another medal at next summer’s rearranged Games. The Swiss legend added: “Olympics are always special.

I’m excited to see what Tokyo will be like and hope the Games can take place in 2021.

“Of course I want a medal there. No matter whether in singles, doubles or mixed.

“I’m not there yet. If you have been on the tour for 20 years, you are happy to have a quieter year. The right preparation starts about three months before the Games – you don’t think about it beforehand.”

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