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Seventeen Grand Slam titles winner Roger Federer who turns 31 on August eight, has reiterated yet again that he likes to compete in Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, provided his body stays healthy.
Federer asserted, ''There's so many moving parts. They also have a role in this decision-making but the mind still wants me to play, and I hope the body allows me to do it as well.''
But before that Federer must be looking forward to do well in the London Games. The Swiss genius is bidding to claim his first gold medal in singles in this magnum opus event. In the opening encounter, Federer will take on Colombian Alejandro Falla.
In doubles, Federer has teamed up with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss pair of Federer and Wawrinka won the doubles gold in 2008 Olympic Games.
Roger Federer has won all the four Grand Slams, but an Olympic gold medal has eluded him so far – in his illustrious career. The Swiss must be hoping to continue with his devastating form, which enabled him to win Wimbledon three weeks ago.
When asked about Rafael Nadal’s pullout from the Olympic Games, Federer chuckled, ''I don't think he will call me to discuss his problems with me. I wouldn't do that, not even close.'' But the Swiss further asserted on a serious note that he is sad that Nadal wouldn't be competing in London.
''Because I'm sure he wanted to do that,'' Federer said. ''I wish him a speedy recovery.'' Though Federer is tipped as favorite to claim the gold, the Swiss said that it wouldn’t be easy. ''We know the danger of the early rounds,'' Federer said. ''I think, hopefully, once I'm able to get going and get in full flight on the court I hope I can be the favorite or I am the favorite because usually that's when I do play better.''
On the other hand, second-seeded Novak Djokovic, who claimed bronze medal at the Beijing Games, has been placed in the same half with Wimbledon finalist Andy Murray. Thus, both contenders could meet in the semis. Djokovic will take on Fabio Fognini of Italy in the opening round.
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