Will Roger Federer Skip the Olympics?

Rich RodriguezCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2008

Is the pressure of possibly being the greatest tennis player of all time finally getting to the usually unflappable Roger Federer?

The Swiss Stylist, who has expressed his desire to participate in the Olympics and win the gold medal, sung a different tune this week when he revealed that the decision to travel to Beijing for the Summer Games has not been finalized yet.

Federer, who was defeated by Britain’s Andy Murray in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships today (his first opening-round loss since 2004), said he was disillusioned by his experience at the 2004 Athens Games that included transportation and scheduling woes and constant recognition in the Olympic Village.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion is two Slams away from matching Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major titles. However, he lost the Australian Open title to Novak Djokovic (sour grapes?), the French Open—played on Fed’s least favorite clay surface—has been owned by Rafael Nadal for the last three years.

With the Olympics falling in between Wimbledon and the US Open, is Fed leaving the door open for him to focus on the last two majors of the year?