Federer aims for gold in Olympic, dismisses ranking
World number one tennis player wants to focus on the competition in Beijing and win his first gold medal.7 August 2008
BEIJING - World number one tennis player Roger Federer said Thursday that an Olympic gold medal would save his season.
The Swiss, who will lose his top ranking to Spain's Rafael Nadal on 18 August, said that even though it would be "too harsh" to describe his season as bad, he was hoping to win gold at the Olympics or win the US Open to "save his season".
Federer, who will be participating in his third Olympic Games, but has yet to win a medal, is only focusing on the competition in Beijing at the moment.
"I am not thinking about the rankings," he said.
The 26-year-old, who will be carrying the Swiss flag into the stadium on his birthday, said he was looking forward to the moment.
"I think to be here on my birthday and to walk into the stadium with all the other athletes and then carry the flag will make it an unforgettable moment."
He said that representing Switzerland at the Olympics made it even more special.
"This experience ranks right up there with winning grand slams."
[dpa / Expatica]