Roger Federer explains why an elusive gold medal at Tokyo Olympics is not his ‘final goal’

Roger Federer says winning a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics is not his primary target for next year.

Last month Federer ended months of speculation by announcing his intention to play at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

It will be Federer’s fifth trip to the Olympics and his first since 2012 after having to miss Rio 2016 due to injury.

In Beijing 2008, Federer won gold for Switzerland in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka.

Then in London 2012, Federer won silver after being beaten in the singles final by Andy Murray.

Despite Federer’s decorated career, a gold in the singles is one of the few things missing from his illustrious CV.

In an interview with Argentine sports channel TyC Sports, Federer played down the suggestion a gold medal was the final thing he wanted to accomplish.

“Not really, no. A lot of people think it is because it is the one thing that is sort of missing for me,” he said.

“But it is in a time when the French Open, Wimbledon, Olympics and US Open will be there so it is going to be a huge summer.

“The summer is going to be a big goal for me. To represent Switzerland is a big goal, wanting to do well and trying to get another medal, bronze, silver or gold is all good because I am representing Switzerland and I want to try my best.

“If it is gold, my god, it will be crazy, fantastic and super special.

“But I really have silver in singles. I have gold in the doubles with Stan.

“But yeah, it would mean the world to me of course.

“Is it my number one goal for next year? I’m not sure because of how important. Wimbledon is and all the other tournaments for a tennis player.

“But I’m very excited to go to Tokyo for the Olympics Games.”

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