After Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had put a chokehold on the Grand Slam finals over the past year it appeared that the sun was begging to set on 30-year-old Roger Federer’s career. However, following his record tying 7th career Wimbledon Championship Federer has regained the World No. 1 ranking and it looks like he is far from done. Federer now finds himself in prime position to capture the one thing he has yet to win, an Olympic Medal in singles.
Federer began his pro career in 1998 after winning the Wimbledon Junior championship and earning the ranking of world No. 1 junior player. It was only five years into his pro career that he was celebrating again at Wimbledon after he defeated Mark Philippoussis for his first Grand Slam Victory. For the next seven years Federer would win at least one grand slam title earning 17 all together which gives him the most all time with Pete Sampras in second with 14.
As awe-inspiring Federer’s play has been over his career the latest’s victory is a special one as it is the first one he has been able to share with his young daughters. Federer met his wife Mirka Vavrinec when they were both competing for the Swiss tennis team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The two got married in Basel on April 11, 2009. Mirka then gave birth to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, in July of 2009.
Not only did Federer meet his wife at the 2000 Olympics that was also his most successful Olympic games in the men’s singles. He came up just short of the podium when he finished fourth after losing to Arnaud Di Pasquale in France. In 2004 Federer was the top seeded singles player but, like a lot of top players, lost early. Federer was knocked out in the second round of both the singles and the doubles competitions.
As the top seed in Beijing, Federer came up short again – losing in the quarterfinals of the singles competition opening the door for rivals Nadal and Djokovic to claim the gold and bronze respectively. Federer did claim a gold medal with doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 games after they beat the top seeded Americans in the semi finals and cruised to a win over Sweden in the final.
Going into the London Games, Federer has reclaimed the top seed and will get his final and best shot at a singles gold medal. The tennis competition will be held at the All England Club – the same facility that hosts the Wimbledon Championship – and will mark the first time since tennis was reinstated as an Olympic sport that it will be played on grass. During his career Federer has had a 66-7 record on grand slam grass matches, the best of all time.
Despite all the factors in his favor, Federer‘s biggest obstacles will continue to be Nadal, Djokovic and Briton Andy Murry who will all be looking for gold in London as well.
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