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Federer aims for Rio Olympics

Dec 7, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

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Beijing doubles gold medalist Roger Federer, 31, said he’ll begin ratcheting back his schedule over the next few years, but hopes to have enough energy for one more go at the singles gold medal in 2016.

“I have to make sure that I take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind,” Federer told the AP. “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 finished second to hometown hero Andy Murray at the London Games this summer. He’s in Sau Paulo, Brazil this week to play exhibition matches as part of the Gillette Federer Tour, along with tennis stars Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and the Bryan Brothers – Bob and Mike.

“There is a lot of passion for sports here. It’s a hot place to play tennis right now.”

The Swiss star has won 17 Grand Slam titles in his career – the most ever – but his silver this summer is his only singles medal in his four trips to the Olympics. Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are the only two men ever to win all four tennis majors and an Olympic singles gold medal.

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