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It took some time for Roger Federer to get into a groove in his opening encounter at the All England Club at Olympics, but once he found the rhythm, he looked like typical FedX, who broke Murray’s maiden Grand Slam dream three weeks ago – at the very same venue.
Now, critics can eat their own words, as it has been proved once again by the Swiss genius that he is the greatest tennis player of modern generation. After winning his seventh Wimbledon crown earlier this month, Federer sent out a strong message to his opponents that he is hungrier than ever to win an Olympic gold medal for his country – which has been remain elusive to him for such a long time.
While, other players of his age have been struggling to maintain form and fitness, Federer has been once again looking flawless and focused. It would be pretty apt to say that Federer hates to lose out his numero-uno position and nothing but No. 1 is his priority – all the time. In this Olympic, Federer is looking more proactive and quick in terms of taking every match and obviously he has oodles of experience to thwart the plans of his opponents.
The Swiss legend asserted after his Wimbledon triumph that the title victory became more important for him at this age and by winning his seventeenth title, he proved once again that aging has not affected him much. While some of his peers are either planning to bid adieu to tennis or lingering in the rankings, Federer continues to rise by making his presence felt – as a force to be reckoned with in a highly competitive world of tennis.
Now that Nadal has been out of the contention, Federer can face a great challenge from Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his bid to win a gold medal. But, the Swiss has been enjoying a tremendous form at the moment with supreme confidence. And, it would be a stiff task for his opponents to beat him amidst present state of affairs.
While interacting with reporters during Olympics build-up, Federer asserted, “Winning Wimbledon has definitely sunk in now, especially when I look at the draw here and see I'm the number one seed. It has not been that way in some time. I always believed I would get back to number one. I knew my game was strong. I had a couple of tough losses last year that stopped me going further and maybe get back to number one earlier. However, the good thing is I never gave up and started to play better, especially at Wimbledon when the pressure was so high.”
Besides gunning for gold in singles competition, Federer will be looking forward to defend gold medal in men’s doubles event with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, who carried the flag of Switzerland during Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Though, Federer has reiterated yet again that he would love to play in Rio Games, but 2012 Olympics provide him the best possible chance to claim a gold medal – that would complete his treasure trove and earn honor for his country.
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