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Fed hoping for Olympic upset

Roger Federer believes he has an “outside chance” of winning singles gold at next summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion recently confirmed he has no plans to retire and earlier this month made changes to his coaching set-up to give him a fresh approach heading into 2016.

At 34, Rio is likely to be his last chance of winning singles gold at the Games, one of the few prizes that still evades him.

Federer’s best showing came in London where he took silver to Andy Murray, although he did win the men’s doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka in 2008.

The world number three has already confirmed he will play in the mixed with Martina Hingis next summer but there is a feeling it would be a fitting end if he could claim individual gold.


Although the veteran believes his best opportunity for Olympic singles glory may have passed, he still thinks he can make an impact in Rio.

“I think my best chance was in 2004 to be honest, because that was the year I won three Grand Slams,” Federer told BBC Sportshour. “I was world number one. I was number one seed. I think I was playing great before and after and unfortunately couldn’t make it then.”

“I’ve definitely got an outside chance,” he added. “I’ve got to really make sure my game’s up to speed when the Olympics roll around.”

Of course before all this there is still plenty of tennis to be played, with the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, starting next month.