Now that Roger Federer has a record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles title, what about the biggest prize lacking from his trophy case?
An Olympic singles gold medal.
Federer finished fourth at his first Olympics in 2000, was upset in the second round as the No. 1 seed in 2004, fell in the quarterfinals in 2008 and earned silver in 2012. He and countryman Stan Wawrinka took doubles gold in Beijing.
The 35-year-old Federer was asked how many more years he planned to play after his Wimbledon semifinal win Friday.
Federer, who missed the Rio Games and 2016 U.S. Open with a knee injury, brought up the Tokyo Olympics near the end of a detailed response, though in a non-committal way:
Yeah, I mean, health has definitely a role to play in my decision-making, no doubt about it. As I move forward, I’ll be very cautious of how much I will play, how much I think is healthy.
Then, of course, it’s just discussions I always have, continuous discussion, with my wife about the family, about my kids, is everybody happy on tour, are we happy to pack up and go on tour for five, six, seven weeks. Are we willing to do that.
For the time being, it seems like absolutely no problem, which is wonderful. Then success to some extent also is key for keeping — staying out there really. This tournament, again, helps me to stay hopefully on tour longer, to be honest.
But I haven’t made any decisions moving forward, how far, am I looking at the Tokyo Olympics or anything like that. I haven’t.
Since the injury, honestly everything has been very much reset, that I just go sort of I’m planning till the end of the year, then I know what I’m going to play at the beginning of next year, so forth.
Maybe I think a year ahead, but it’s just important to stay on track with the plan.
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