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Federer: Hope To Play Wimbledon 2021

Roger Federer came within one point of winning Wimbledon last summer.

The eight-time Wimbledon winner hopes to play The Championships next summer.

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Federer, who launched his new namesake shoe "The Roger" today, spoke about missing Wimbledon this year and his aim to return next year. Wimbledon cancelled for the first time in 75 years due to the Coronavirus.

"I am sad that I am not in the tournament now, but I hope to return there next year," Federer said. "That is why I do rehab every day.

"Personally, it has been very pleasant to stay in the same place for a long time, I hadn't experienced that for more than 25 years. But of course I miss Wimbledon, of course I would like to be there currently playing on centre court for a place in the second week.

"Clearly, one of my big goals, and that's why I do recovery work every day and work so hard, and why I'm preparing for a 20-week physical preparation block this year, is because I hope to play at Wimbledon next year."

Last month, Federer announced that he underwent a “quick” arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Federer says he plans to take his time to do a proper recovery, much like he did prior to the 2017 season, and he’ll miss the remainder of 2020 at a minimum.

A year ago, a defiant Novak Djokovic denied two championship points in the final set fighting off rival Roger Federer, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to successfully defend his Wimbledon title in The Championships' longest final—and first men’s major final decided in a fifth-set tie breaker.

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