Wimbledon, UK, June 26, 2021 (AFP) – Roger Federer, who will turn 40 on August 8, announced on Saturday that he will decide after the Wimbledon tournament whether he will return to Tokyo to try to win individual gold. Games, the only important title missing among all your achievements.
Regarding the big event in the Japanese capital (23 July to 8 August), the Swiss said, “I am looking forward to going to the Olympics. But I decided to go to Wimbledon with my team, sit down and decide what to do.” is.” .
At his press conference, Federer said he was “ready” to play the English tournament on grass, where he would be looking for a ninth, 21st Grand Slam title, with Spanish Rafael Nadal (with whom he is tied). on 20).
Ten days after a second-round loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the grass of Halle, where neither his game nor his own mentality pleased him, the 39-year-old Swiss said he was ready for his favorite Grand Slam, In which he has a record of eight trophies.
In Halle, a tournament he won ten times, “things derailed mentally for me,” he explained.
“There are ways to lose… the good thing is I know it won’t be played here. I’m ready, worried, ready and I know I can do a lot better,” said the Swiss.
“Now I’m at Wimbledon and I have a chance. I know that if I start well, if I get to the second week, which is my immediate goal, I’ll get stronger after the game, and Anything I think is possible,” he said.
After losing in the final to Novak Djokovic in 2019, the last edition of the English tournament before being canceled last year, Federer said he was “sincerely happy” to return to Wimbledon “after the difficult years we have all lived through”. .
Federer underwent a double arthroscopy of his right knee in 2020 while the circuit was suspended due to the pandemic.
At Roland Garros, he reached the round of 16, but left the competition to take care of his knee, which was in high demand in long doubles runs on clay.