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Laver backs Federer for Tokyo

19th September 2019, 15:04 by Dan McCarthy

Australian tennis great Rod Laver says Roger Federer has what it takes to continue playing into his 40s.

Federer has said recently that he would like to continue playing into the Tokyo Olympics in Japan next year, at which point he will be 39-year-old.

He is also keen to play in more Grand Slam events and wants to play at Wimbledon in 2020 as he looks to win at the All England Club for the first time since 2017.

He is set to play in the Laver Cup this weekend alongside his great rival Rafael Nadal and several other in the Europe versus USA event.

And, Laver says that Federer's recent performance show there is plenty more left in the tank, and he is confident he will still be playing when he reached the age of 40.

"He feels he can play on for a few years," Laver said. "At the moment he's 38. And playing as well as pretty much – you saw the Wimbledon final, where they played for four-and-a-half hours against Djokovic, and he had match points.

"I feel like he can make them till he's 40. He may go beyond that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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