Is Roger Federer calling it quits after his stint in Rio 2016? Former tennis pro Goran Ivanisevic suggested that the Swiss should consider retiring from the sport after he wins the gold medal in the summer games later this month.
“Rio is tough to predict— [Novak] Djokovic or [Roger] Federer, but champions of Olympic Games are not always the top players. You sometimes get some unexpected winners, so it’s tough to predict. The atmosphere is different when you play for your country,” the ex-pro said about the men’s singles competition in the upcoming Olympic Games.
Ivanisevic joked that Federer should consider retiring from tennis if he wins the gold medal since he has already won everything in tennis.
“You have to go with the favorites, but anything is possible. Federer is missing the Olympic gold— he’s won everything else there is to win, so if he wins he can retire!” Ivanisevic, who is from Croatia, added in the interview.
Ivanisevic won two bronze medals in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, one each in the men’s singles and doubles competition. He also had one Grand Slam title in his career, winning at Wimbledon in 2001.
Federer, who holds the all-time record for most tennis Grand Slam titles in the history of the sport, has not had success in the men’s singles competition in the quadrennial games.
The Swiss settled for the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics although he has won the gold medal in the doubles category in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Expected to play in Rio 2016 are other top players in tennis including defending champion United Kingdom’s Andy Murray, the World No. 2, and top player in the ATP tour, Novak Djokovic representing Serbia.
Roger Federer has struggled with injuries in this season but he remains one of the elite players in the sport. The Swiss Maestro is also one of the favorites to take home the gold medal in the men’s singles tennis competition in Rio 2016.