During the traditional press conference held by the Swiss tennis ace following his first round win over Columbian Alejandro Falla in the London Olympics, Federer confessed to just plying “a full schedule from January to November” and not focusing on gobbling “up everything to make my resume as great-looking as possible.”
It’s hard to believe that the legendary tennis player and world number 1 doesn’t set his sights on those major achievements; after all achieving record-breaking status in this fiercely competitive sport doesn’t just happen by accident! But if there’s one player who can convince us that he is just focused on playing his best every time he heads out on court, it’s the ever-eloquent Federer who subtly stated “There’s no doubt about it, I would love to get a medal here this time in singles and in doubles again.”
Teaming up with Stanislas Wawrinka once more in the doubles event, and hoping to repeat their gold medal success of 2008, it’s easy to forget that Federer is making his fourth appearance at a summer Olympic Games this year. Incredibly it was 12 years ago that he made his Olympic debut (in the Sydney Olympics) but despite his best efforts a singles medal has so far eluded him, leading us to think that maybe his desire for gold is a little stronger than he’s letting on!
An Olympic gold medal in singles is probably the only serious career achievement left for Federer to aim for, before going into this current season he was already considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of the open era, and his wins and successes during 2012 have further cemented his immortality in the tennis world. Lest we forget in 2012 Roger Federer has not only re-claimed the ATP world number 1 spot from dominating upstart Novak Djokovic, he’s also broken Pete Sampras previous record of 286 weeks at the top. Add to that the seventh Wimbledon title he took this year (also drawing him equal with another Sampras record) and the 17 overall Grand Slam wins he’s had and you can begin to understand that if Federer did have a bucket list there would be nothing left on there to aim for. Short of walking on water, that is!