Roger Federer is all set to make his 5th Olympics appearance as he has confirmed his decision to feature at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Federer made his Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where he finished 4th in Men’s Singles. The 2004 Athens Olympics were not a good tournament for the Swiss who despite having participated in both the Singles and Doubles event, finished No. 17 in Singles and No. 9 in Doubles.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw Federer win his first and only Olympic Gold when he won the Doubles Gold with partner Stan Wawrinka. Federer finished as No. 5 in the Singles category in Beijing. He followed it up with another medal at the 2012 London Olympics played at Federer’s favourite place, the All-England Club, venue of the Wimbledon Championships.
Federer won the Silver Medal in the 2012 London Olympics in a repeat of the 2012 Wimbledon where he had defeated Andy Murray for his 7th Wimbledon title. He was however defeated by Murray weeks later in the finals of the Olympics. He finished 9th in the Doubles event that year.
Roger Federer chasing his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2021
Roger Federer is currently at the Wimbledon 2021 where he entered the 4th round for a record 18th time and also became the oldest player since 1975 to make it into the Last-16 at the All-England Club. Federer has won the Wimbledon 8-times, most for a male player and is 2nd to Martina Navratilova‘s 9 titles, the most by any player in the Singles event at the Grand Slam.
Roger had been in dubious mind about his participation in the Tokyo Olympics due to rising cases in Asia in the past few months. With many protests taking place by the local Japanese citizens against the hosting of the Olympic games, many players had raised doubts over their participation at the Games including 2-time Gold Medallist Rafael Nadal who eventually opted out of the event.
However, Federer has made up his mind and will be representing Switzerland for yet another time at the Olympics and will be looking for a 3rd Olympic medal. Federer will be participating in the Singles event only and not in any of the Doubles events, majorly to protect his knee and not put much pressure on it.