2012 Summer Olympics

Roger Federer: Why Wimbledon Champ Will Taste Olympic Gold

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the winner's trophy and waves 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 Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Ron PasceriCorrespondent IIJuly 11, 2012

Right now there is no player in any sport with a bigger appetite than Roger Federer. He satisfied his appetite for a 17th major and a seventh Wimbledon title and next up is dessert in the form of an Olympic singles gold medal.

After falling to third in the world behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and watching them share the last nine Grand Slams, Federer willed his way back to what he feels is his rightful place as the world No. 1.

He also won his first major since the 2010 Australian Open after making the semifinals of the first three majors of 2012.

Not only did he win Wimbledon, but he defeated then-No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis and No. 4 Andy Murray in front of the home crowd.

Federer did his damage at Wimbledon with a strong service game, a tremendous combination of power in his groundstrokes, touch at the net and by actually getting stronger as matches went on.

He made easy work of Djokovic in the third and fourth sets to reach the final and he won sets two, three and four to finish off Murray.

I can't forget to mention that Federer did much of his damage under the new roof at Wimbledon. He didn't lose a single set in what could be considered indoors.

Well, the Olympics this year are in London and the tennis venue will be... You guessed it, Wimbledon. London is a rainy place, so don't be surprised to see Federer get to play indoors some more in London when the time comes.

Aside from the venue and the accomplishments, you just have to respect the will of Federer. Many thought his days as a major champion and anything more than No. 3 in the world were over.

He put that line of thinking to bed and now he has another mission, which is winning his first ever Olympics singles gold medal.

Not only is Roger playing the best tennis in the world right now, but he is probably looking at his last chance of winning Olympic gold.

When Roger Federer is determined to do something, don't bet against him. Especially when he's on top of his game and facing a challenge he has only one chance to complete.

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