Having won the Wimbledon title for the seventh time on Sunday, Roger Federer of Switzerland will certainly be the heavy favorite to win the singles gold medal at the upcoming London Olympic Games as the tennis competitions will also take place at the All England Club later this month.
“I do believe my situation has got that little star next to it. I am now the Wimbledon champion, and I think that gives me even more confidence coming to the Olympics. And maybe in some ways, it maybe takes some `pressure,” Federer said.
“I already did win at Wimbledon this year. So that’s a good thing for me because of course there is a lot of hype around me playing at the Olympics this year,” he added.
Federer has already participated in the past three Summer Olympics starting at the 2000 Sydney Games. It was there where he met his wife, Mirka, now a former tennis player. He has carried the Switzerland flag twice, in 2004 and 2008 and might give the honor to someone else for this year.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has already achieved the career Slam after winning the French Open in 2009 and could emulate the feat of Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal of having the Golden Slam – which includes winning at least one of the Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold. Federer already won the doubles gold with compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Olympics.