Roger Federer may have missed out on bagging that elusive Olympic singles gold medal this year, but the man with 17 Grand Slam wins and 7 Wimbledon titles doesn’t want fans to feel sorry for him.
After being beaten by our very own Andy Murray 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday, Federer may be taking a silver medal back to Switzerland but he’s still happy with the achievement. “I felt like I won my silver” he told reporters following the monumental tennis final at Wimbledon, “For me, it’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became world number one again, and I got silver”.
The Swiss top seed was making his fourth appearance at Summer Olympic Games this year, but the London Games weren’t an easy ride for the tennis legend. During his first round match fans all over the world were able to see the chinks in Federer’s armour as he dropped a set against Alejandro Falla. Although eventually beating the Columbian player, the world number 1 admitted to having “tears in my eyes…this is how much this meant to me. I understood how close I was from losing.”
His semi-final battle was just as heart-stopping and epic for the usually unflappable pro. Lasting a historic four hours and 25 minutes, making it the longest men’s 3-set match played in the open era, the final set finished 19-17 to Federer although at times it looked as though Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro would be the victor.
As difficult as this year’s Olympic tournament has been for him Federer hasn’t ruled out making an appearance at the 2016 Games in Rio. Joking with reporters that in the proceeding four years he could “retire and come back”, you could see the glint in his eyes as he declared “I’d love an Olympic gold in singles…Obviously I’d love to be part of it.” With just the Olympic singles gold medal needed to complete his career, it’s probably safe to say that if Federer is still playing tennis in 2016 he’ll be playing it in Rio!