Roger Federer was given some vital information on by a journalist at the ATP World Finals in regard to his future competition prospects at the Olympics.
To make it into the Switzerland Olympic team for the 2020 games in Tokyo, he needs to play in the Davis Cup at least twice in the window between the two Olympic cycles.
The Swiss will be 40-years-old by the time of the games in 2020, he also hasn't participated in the Davis Cup since 2015. “I didn’t even know the rule, so thanks for the information,” he said when asked whether he would play the Cup.
Federer won silver in the Olympic singles in 2012 but has won gold before in the 2008 doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka. The Olympic gold in singles still alludes his grasp, though, and is one of the few honours the current world number two is yet to achieve as a tennis pro.
He continued: “I haven’t officially retired from the Davis Cup, so not because of that reason. It’s just because it’s always highly unlikely that I’ll play at this stage of my career."
“You know, I haven’t set Tokyo Olympics as a goal either. It hurt not being in Rio, but I was okay without it, too. I was flag bearer twice. I won gold. I won silver. I feel like I achieved a lot of great things at the Olympics. I’m not thinking that far ahead.”
Roger Federer was absent from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in order to recover from knee surgery. Since then, the 36-year-old has altered his schedule to prevent putting further strain on his body.
Federer progressed into the last four of the ATP Finals on Thursday with victory against Marin Cilic.
The 36-year-old veteran has had somewhat of a renaissance season by returning to number two in the ATP rankings, winning his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth Wimbledon crown.
The question regarding Federer's fantastic form and whether he can sustain it until 2020 at such a late stage in the Swiss' career.
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