Roger Federer, who is considered the greatest player of all time, is still excited about playing and representing his country in the 2016 Rio Olympics later this year.
“It’s big. This is my first time to Rio so I’m really excited about that. Obviously the Olympic Games for me is massively important. I love playing in the Olympics, love representing Switzerland,” Federer said to itftennis.com.
Federer has represented Switzerland four times in the past four Summer Olympics, in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, 2004 in Athens, Greece, 2008 in Beijing, China and 2012 in London, United Kingdom. This will be the Swiss Maestro’s fifth appearance in the Olympic Games and most likely the last chance to represent his country.
Though he’s the veteran in the competition, Federer sounded like a newbie when talking about his experience in Brazil later this year.
“I think it’s going to have a very special flair, and a unique flair in many ways, to all the other four that I’ve been in. It’s going to be different and it’s clearly one of the big main goals for me of the season,” Federer added.
While Roger Federer has been the most successful in the ATP tour and tennis history with 17 Grand Slam titles, the Swiss has not been as lucky in the Olympic Games.
Roger Federer finished on the podium just twice in his Olympic career, winning the silver medal at the 2012 London Games and the gold medal, with doubles partner Stan Wawrinka, in the 2008 Beijing Games.