Wimbledon 2012 Results: Win Makes Roger Federer Favorite at London Olympics

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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After defying the odds and surprising most of us by winning the 2012 Wimbledon, Roger Federer now moves into prime position win gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Federer blistered through the field at the All England Club in the last week-and-a-half, taking down the No. 1 player in the world and winner of three of the last four Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic. 

Well, make that former No. 1, since Federer's championship on Sunday means he'll re-claim that honor. 

It's hard to find a sport or a position (other than NFL running back) where age impacts play similar to tennis. It's highly rare for a player of Federer's age of 30 to win titles, and even more rare when you realize how dominant both Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been in recent years.

The rise of these two tennis stars undoubtedly has taken much away from Federer's legacy that already is an argument for the best ever, but the Swiss star rose above that in England. He showed that he's the best grass-court player in the world, and that's what will help him in the Olympics.

Fortunately for Federer, he'll be playing on those same grass courts during the Olympics that he dominated in the past week-and-a-half at Wimbledon. The All England Club will host Olympic tennis and that in itself should give Federer the advantage. 

The past Olympic gold medal winner took Wimbledon just before, which bodes well for Federer. Nadal took both spectacles in 2008 en route to nabbing the world's top overall ranking.

Federer's game seems to be peaking at the perfect time. After disappearing beneath the shadows of two suddenly great players for some time, he has stuck his head out and clamored for utterance.

Federer has broken his three-year Grand Slam championship drought and you could tell the weight it lifted off his shoulders when he stumbled to the ground like a free man early Sunday evening in a place where he's now won seven times—more than anybody else.

Nadal will be the favorite in the eyes of so many, but his ego is struck and his confidence must be shaken after a second-round defeat at Wimbledon that nobody saw coming. One of the worst upsets in tennis history could not have happened at a worse time for the Spaniard.

The other incumbent, Novak Djokovic, is reeling from a loss to Federer and since that's the only on-grass Grand Slam match they've played, it's hard not to give an advantage to Federer if he ends up facing 'The Djoker'. 

The Olympics can be more unpredictable than most Grand Slams, but if there is a favorite heading into the London Games, it has to be the reigning Wimbledon champion.