The Swiss will travel to the Japanese capital in search of his third medal. The international legend has the gold obtained in Beijing 2008 when he formed the pair with Stan Wawrinka, and the silver of London 2012, when he fell in the singles final against Andy Murray.
Roger Federer will continue to write his golden pages in the history of international sport. The world tennis legend will play the Olympic Games for the fifth time, as the Swiss Olympic Committee confirmed Her Majesty's presence in Tokyo.
The singlist from Basel, who made his debut at an Olympic event in the Sydney 2000 edition, has a gold medal in Beijing 2008 in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka and a silver medal that he acquired in London 2012 when he lost the individual final against Scotsman Andy Murray.
Federer, who has only played four tournaments this season, after more than a year of inactivity due to two surgeries on his knee, is focused on Wimbledon, where he aspires to reach a new record and become the oldest tennis player to qualify. To the quarterfinals at the All England Club (a brand that belongs to Australian Ken Rosewall, who at 40 years and almost eight months did it in 1975). He will have to overcome the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in his commitment corresponding to the round of 16.
"It's a nice statistic. It is a pleasure for me to continue playing at this age. At this point in my life, everything is a plus and welcome. Luckily I kept a good level of play, and I am happy about that. What I improved the most was in my English", Federer joked before the public that cheered him at La Catedral del Tenis.
Federer's participation in the Olympic event comes after the resignations of other tennis players such as Rafael Nadal, who has not even been to London, and Serena Williams.
She, before getting injured at Wimbledon, announced that he would not be in Tokyo.
The Swiss were already absent from the last Games in Rio de Janeiro due to a knee injury while playing the British Grand Slam. At the end of the Olympic tournament, which starts on July 23 on hard court, Roger will be one week away from his 40th birthday. The defending champion will be Andy Murray, who has won the last two singles gold medals.
Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments - a brand he shares with Spaniard Rafael Nadal - had made his Wimbledon debut with a victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, when the match was 6-4, 6-7 (3), 3-6, and 6-2, due to the abandonment of his opponent. In the second round, he beat the French Richard Gasquet by 7-6 (1), 6-1, and 6-4, and in his last production, he won the local Cameron Norrie by 6-4, 6-4, 5-7 and 6- 4. The former world number one, who currently occupies the eighth position in the ranking, accumulates 104 victories in the British Grand Slam and 1,250 in his successful career.