No sooner than the Swiss Maestro had left Wimbledon, work was underway to change the club into Olympics colours (we hear there’s a lot of purple). With Federer our favourite player and being on of our favourite sports hospitality events, this year’s WImbledon was a classic for us. But one constant we expect is to see Roger Federer outplaying all his opponents in the Olympics tennis competition with his usual mix of speed and unbelievable shot making. Below are 5 reasons why we think Federer will be standing on top of the podium at the London Olympics.
The competition is set to start just three weeks after Wimbledon finished, next Saturday (28th July) and spans almost the entire games with the medal events on the Saturday and Sunday (4th and 5th August).
1. Federer is reigning Wimbledon champion. As mentioned above, it’s been just three weeks since Federer won tennis’ biggest prize on the same courts to be used. Mentally he’ll be going into the Olympics confident with his game and knowing he outplayed both Djokovic and Murray. The only player who he’ll need to prove himself against is long time rival Nadal, who coincidentally won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
2. Nadal and Djokovic aren’t at their best. Ok, so Djokovic isn’t exactly on the slide but he was certainly outclassed by Federer in the semi-finals at Wimbledon and didn’t look to have that extra gear he so often shows. It could be a sign that the men’s tennis schedule is catching up with him, which isn’t surprising given he’s normally making the finals of most tournaments! Nadal on the other hand lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber, a player outside the top 20, in Halle before Wimbledon and then proceeded to lose to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon.
3. A gold medal is his last to win (sort of). Widely considered the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer has won pretty much everything but an Olympic men’s single gold. He did win a gold medal in the men’s doubles with Stan Wawrinka but with this Olympics likely his last, he’ll want to be wearing the Swiss colours by himself on top of the podium come Sunday 5th August.
4. He is representing Switzerland. It’s obvious but in a sport made for individuals rather than teams, you can bet there’s an extra motivation for Federer to perform well. Rather than competing just for himself and his family, he’ll be competing for his country. And he’s also carrying his countries flag for the Opening Ceremony too and will be one of the few genuine medal hopes for the Swiss public.
5. The English fans love him. Federer is practically family amongst the Wimbledon crowd now. He’s won the competition more times than any other player and provided countless hours of pure tennis gold making him extremely popular amongst the British fans. Behind Andy Murray, you can bet Federer will have the largest support when he hits the iconic Wimbledon grass courts.
Let us know what you think of our reasoning! Does it seem sound to you? Or do you expect to see another flag being raised at Wimbledon this year?