Roger Federer sets eyes on Olympic singles gold as long as knee holds up ahead of Qatar comeback
Roger Federer is set to return to the court after more than a year out thanks to two knee operations this week in Qatar. The Swiss legend has been discussing his goals for the year, with a particular focus on winning his first singles gold medal at the Olympics, which take place in Tokyo this summer after being postponed last year.
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on from the stands during the Round One match between Jeremy Chardy of France and Daniel Evans of Great Britain during Day Two of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
Roger Federer is targeting a third Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games this year after missing out in 2016 due to injury as he looks to gain momentum when he returns to the court this week after 13 months on the sidelines with a knee problem.
Federer, 39, is making his long-awaited comeback at the Qatar Open -- where he plays Britain's Dan Evans in the second round -- after two knee surgeries ended his season last year.
The Swiss has not played a competitive match since his Australian Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic last year but is already looking ahead to Wimbledon and the Olympics.
"Participation in the Olympics is part of my plan although my main goal was everything from today until Wimbledon, the tournament that precedes the Olympics," Federer told beIN Sports.
"I hope that I will be fully in (shape) by then and that questions about my knee will stop.
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"The Olympics is a major goal for me... Unfortunately, I missed the Rio Olympics (in 2016) because of a left knee injury. I hope I will return to the Tokyo Olympics."
Federer lost out on a singles bronze in 2000 but won the gold medal in the doubles in Beijing in 2008 along with Stan Wawrinka and a silver medal in the singles in 2012 in London.
The Swiss also gave his thoughts on why the next generation of players were unable to break through, saying the odds were never in their favour since they had to beat at least two of the 'Big Three' to win a Grand Slam.
"The problem for the new generation is that Novak, Rafa (Nadal) and I were unable to play in a different way," he said.