World Number three Roger Federer is striving to add another Slam to his hoard of ATP titles. Presently the Swiss legend is hitting hard on the practice courts to fulfill his 21st major title reverie. He is determined to do something significant at Australian Open 2020 where his tennis season will officially get underway.
“Obviously it starts with the Australian Open, no doubt about it. I will be training extremely hard in the off-season like anybody else but I know I can win the Australian Open which is very important for me to know,” said Roger Federer.
He concluded the year 2019 without a major title. At the beginning of the year, in Melbourne Federer was the two-time defending champion and he was dethroned by the rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round. Later at Wimbledon, the Swiss adept missed his 21st Slam title by a point.
“I had two incredible years in 2017 and 2018 when I won there. It’s not that long ago so it gives me the belief I can do it again. Clearly because it’s the first tournament of the year it is gonna be a priority. Wimbledon always is. I do not have to say more about that,” Federer continued.
Next year a big event is placed on his calendar which is the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Federer has decided his schedule for the year 2020 and he is likely to make his appearance in all the important tournaments of the ATP calendar.
“Olympics as well for me, I am gonna be playing in Tokyo which is gonna be exciting. And then along the way as it progresses in the season. Of course, the US Open and World Tour Finals if I qualify as well. I have a lot of highlights. At this stage of my career every tournament I enter in is important to me,” said World Number three Federer.
At the Olympic Games most likely it will be his last appearance and surprisingly he is not aiming for the Gold Medal which is missing from his stellar collection ATP titles.
“I do not need the singles Gold Medal to feel totally successful. That’s more for the press and fans. I feel happy with what I did. The key at my age to keep being around is to see tennis as a kid, enjoying myself,” Federer said.
Amongst the active men in tennis, only Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won Olympic Gold Medals. Roger Federer won doubles Olympic Gold Medal during the Beijing Games 2008 where he was in tandem with Stan Wawrinka.