Roger Federer hopes he can make one last big splash on the game of tennis in what will be a pivotal summer for him. Federer is one of the all-time greats of the sport but is in the twilight of his career. Indeed, he is returning from double knee surgey having not played much in the recent past. Despite that, the Swiss great is in no hurry to add to his laundry list of accomplishments. But he is still aware that there is more he can do. “I don’t know, I’m really relaxed about where my career is, where my life is,” Roger Federer told GQ Magazine.
“And I know that this (moment) is one last big, huge opportunity for me to do something great. I mean, it’s always like this when you have achieved as much as I have.
“I want to win more. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone through the whole (last) year of surgeries and the process of doing five weeks on crutches and rehab.
“I truly believe I can do it again. (But) I first have to prove to myself that the body can take it. The mind is ready to go.”
Federer has won 20 Grand Slams but is yet to win a singles gold in Olympics. The Tokyo Games are set to take place this year, despite the opposition of Japanese citizens.
Yet what Federer is aiming to do is unprecedented given the fact he will turn 40 years old later this summer.
“I can’t believe I’m 39, to be honest. Turning 40… it’s like my life has gone by on the tour.
“I’ve enjoyed so many moments, I’ve had some tough moments, of course. I’ve been tired. I was hurt. I was sick. I’ve played with all sorts of issues.
“But I feel like juniors were yesterday. Do I sound like an 80-year-old person who looks back at their childhood as their favourite part?”