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Roger Federer: Tokyo Olympics still a goal, I’m confident I’ll be ready for 2021

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ByMichael Hincks
06/07/2020 at 15:41 | Updated 06/07/2020 at 16:46
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Roger Federer is confident he will be fully fit for next year’s Olympics after undergoing knee surgery last month.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had surgery on his right knee and confirmed he will take the rest of the year off to fully recover.

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Federer will turn 40 on the final day of the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics on August 8, 2021, and still harbours hopes of adding singles gold to the one he won in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka at Beijing 2008.

"My goal is to play Tokyo 2021. It's a wonderful city. I met my wife in my first Olympics in 2000. It's a special event for me,” said Federer, speaking at the launch of his sneaker with On called ‘The Roger’.

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"I had two surgeries and I can't hit at the moment, but I'm very confident I will be totally ready for 2021.”

The ATP and WTA is set to return next month, while the US Open is scheduled to be played from August 31 behind closed doors.

The French Open in September is aiming to hold attendances 50-60%, but Federer thinks it will be a while before the sport is back to normal.

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“I do miss playing in front of the fans, no doubt. Now, I think if tennis comes back we know it won’t be in a normal way where we can have full crowds yet. So naturally we wouldn’t be able to interact with the fans like we used to, taking pictures, selfies, signing autographs.

Of course, I miss it but I think right now we’re going through a period where we’ve got to be patient and hopefully starting next year at some point we’ll see each other more often and things will hopefully be somewhere back to normal. We’ve got to be patient.
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