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Roger Federer targets Rio Olympics

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Roger Federer targets Rio Olympics
Roger Federer says that he wants to have one more shot at the Rio Olympics even if that means playing fewer tournaments in the years to come

Roger Federer has one thing missing in his treasure-trove, an Olympic Gold Medal. The Swiss Maestro says he hopes to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Federer commented that he will keep in mind the number of tournaments he will play in the future to prolong his career and maintain the standards he has set for himself.

“I have to make sure that I take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind,” Federer expressed. “Hopefully I can still stay on tour for many more years and hopefully play the Olympics here in three and a half years or so, so I have to look far ahead and not just the next six months.”

Federer aslo applauded the sportsman spirit of the nation (Brazil) as he playing an exhibition tournament in Sao Paolo. “There is a lot of passion for sports here," he said. “It's a hot place to play tennis right now.”

Federer, who finished No.2 behind Novak Djokovic also expressed his exhaustion after playing a long season in 2012, “I've played a lot of tennis. It's been a big challenge, especially with the Olympics and the Davis Cup this year. I found my way back to world No 1 and it took a lot of sacrifices. I'd like to be home a little bit more often and in a relaxed fashion.”

He was still very satisfied with his efforts this year. “I'm very happy that I'm still playing at a very high level,” said Federer, who won six titles this year, including Wimbledon. “I had one of my best years on tour this year, and one of the most emotional ones, of course.”

“Next year tournament victories will probably be more important than the rankings, that's why I need to make sure I practice a lot next year.”

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