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Roger Federer: Gold Medal at London Olympics Would Give Fed Rare Spot in History

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland holds up the winner's trophy and gives a thumbs up to the crowd after winning 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 Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 9, 2012

Roger Federer has already had a great July at the All England Club, but he could make it even sweeter with a gold medal. The London 2012 Olympics are set to kick off on July 28, and the site is none other than Wimbledon.

Less than a month after he broke the hearts of the British by defeating local favorite Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, Fed will be trying to capture one of the few honors he's yet to gain in the sport.

For all he's accomplished, he did not win singles gold in 2000, 2004 or 2008. He did capture gold in doubles in the 2008 Beijing games for his native Switzerland.

He and his partner, Stanislas Wawrinka, went away with the top honors.

But in 2012, Federer has his sights set on singles action.

Jonathan Overend of BBC quotes Federer in an article from March:

I think it's going to be helpful that I've won an Olympic Gold already. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be playing at Wimbledon at the Olympic Games. It's just a really big deal for us to be living that Olympic spirit, right there, at the most incredible arena we have in tennis. 

If Federer does capture gold—and after his performance at Wimbledon, who would doubt him—he'd become just the third man in history to complete the career slam and win a gold medal in singles.

Only Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal have done that.

Federer's overall accomplishments in the sport outweigh those of Agassi and Nadal, although Nadal is far from done.

Still, this would be yet another reason to call Federer the best ever.

 

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