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The last frontier beckons for the man from Switzerland as Roger Federer gears up to win gold at the London Olympics at Wimbledon.
And with the Olympics being played at the All England Club, it presents the Swiss with a glorious opportunity to complete his Golden Slam. Also working in his favour is the fact that, defending champion Rafael Nadal is out with injury. Roger knows that he will never get another chance quite like it and seems pumped up.
“Now Olympic gold is a dream,” Federer, 30, said in an interview at Wimbledon the day after he reduced Andy Murray to tears in the men’s final by beating the fourth-ranked Briton in four sets.
Winning at Wimbledon meant that Roger would become the World No.1 again, and following it he overtook Pete Sampras's record of 286 weeks at the top of the mountain last week.
Even though Federer claims that winning the doubles gold was 'one of his great, great accomplishments of his life', he will be hungry and raring to go with the motivation of that single's gold driving the World No.1.
“I am now the Wimbledon champion, and that gives me even more confidence coming to the Olympics,” Federer said. “Maybe in some way, it will take some pressure off. The Olympics is a different animal. You only do get an opportunity every four years, it’s not something us tennis players are quite used to.”
At the Olympics as players represent their country, the motivation levels for most players is higher than other singles events.
Andy Murray, who was knocked out in the very first round in Beijing considers the Olympics to be a fifth Grand Slam.
“I remember Novak Djokovic winning bronze in Beijing and crying on the podium because it meant so much to him, and that’s how us tennis players feel when we’re representing our nations,” Murray said at a news conference at Team GB House last week. “The Wimbledon final was a tough loss, but I had a couple of days off to recover and practice has gone well since.”
Tennis at Olympics commence on the 28th of this month.
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