Wednesday, January 20

Federer: ‘I would still be happy if I retire now’

“I hope I can return to the field by 2021,” said Roger Federer, named as Switzerland’s Best Sports Athlete for 70 years. “We still have to wait and see how things work out. But if my career ends here, I still feel great winning this award.”

This is the first time Federer has mentioned retiring, after 11 months off playing to treat a knee injury. Earlier, when responding to the Swiss news agency SRF, the 39-year-old also hinted about the difficulty of attending the 2021 Australian Open. , Federer admitted. “I think it’s going to be difficult to play in the Australian Open. Me and my team have a clear plan for it. Only when we are sure of everything, will it be possible to return to the game.

Players for the Australian Open must be present in the country of kangaroos between January 15-17, 2021. They were then put on mandatory quarantine for 14 days. Federer has only one month left to consider for the tournament. Australia is a good land in the career of “Express Train”. Of the 20 Grand Slam won, there are six times Federer has lifted the Australian Open, just eight times behind at Wimbledon. His most recent Grand Slam title is the 2018 Australian Open.

Last week, in his online conversation with Kei Nishikori, Federer remained optimistic about his 2021 comeback. “The Tokyo Olympics is my big goal,” he told his Japanese colleague. “I need to adjust the schedule accordingly. I hope to be in Tokyo next summer. It is an important and meaningful tournament for every athlete.”

Federer won the London Olympic men’s singles 2012 (lost to Andy Murray), after winning with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008. At the 2016 Olympics, the Swiss player was not present due to knee injury. Federer still lacks the Olympic men’s singles gold medal in his careers collection of more than 100 major and small titles.