Coronavirus: Roger Federer reveals how he's practising at home
Roger Federer will “close the book” on his career if he wins Olympic gold in Tokyo this year, according to commentator, coach and former Australian tennis player Roger Rasheed. Federer has won more men’s Grand Slam singles titles than any other player in the history of the game. But glory at the Olympic games still eludes the Swiss legend.
Federer reached the final at London 2012, only to lose to Andy Murray four weeks after beating the Brit in the final at Wimbledon.
At 39 years of age, this year’s Olympics looks set to be the final chance Federer will have to win gold.
He has already pulled out of next month’s Australian Open as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Rasheed says Wimbledon is Federer’s best chance of adding to his Grand Slam haul before he retires.
But he believes winning in Tokyo, with the final scheduled for August 1, will be higher on his agenda and would mean he has achieved everything in the sport.
“If he snags another Major, probably Wimbledon’s the one,” Rasheed told 1170 SEN Sydney’s Sports Central podcast.
“French Open is tough physically, and demanding. So yeah, so if he snags another one, that’d be outstanding.
“Is he hunting it down aggressively? Probably not.
“Would he want to win an Olympic Gold? Yes, that would sort of close his book on everything.”
Meanwhile, Australian doubles legend Todd Woodbridge agrees that Wimbledon is Federer’s best chance of adding to his 20 Grand Slam titles.
Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles, the last coming in 2017.
“A player of his stature, at some point when you’re not winning, you start to wonder about why you’re only making the quarter-finals, when you’re used to being in the final,” Woodbridge told Channel Nine.
“It doesn’t give the same adrenaline rush as it always has, and that’s when you start to think to yourself that you’ve got other things to do with your life.”
“For Roger to continue on, he’ll have to be able to manage his body when he does come back.
“His goals, I assume, would be to play at the Olympics and at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is the major that I see him being able to win at this stage of his career.”
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