“I need to train hard and get ready for Tokyo,” said Federer. “Obviously, I will enter the draw with the gold medal on my mind, that’s why I’m traveling to Japan. I want to grasp this opportunity; it feels excellent when you win any title but the Olympic Games are something special.”
He likes to finally win one of the most significant events that he hasn’t claimed so far. Tokyo will be Roger’s fifth and probably last Olympic Games, barely missing a chance to claim bronze in Sydney 2000 at the age of 19 and losing to Tomas Berdych in the second round four years later in Athens.
In 2008 in Beijing, James Blake halted Federer in the quarters but that wasn’t the end of Roger’s journey, winning the gold medal in men’s doubles together with Stan Wawrinka to taste the Olympic glory. The best chance for Roger to grab that gold certainly came at Wimbledon 2012 but it wasn’t to be for him, prevailing against Juan Martin del Potro in that epic semi-final and having nothing left in the tank for the final clash with Andy Murray, taking the silver medal and hoping to get one step further next August in Tokyo.