Roger Federer: How Gold Medal Would Cover Any Holes in Career

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 4-6, 7-6, 19-17 win over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Semifinal of Men's Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer has done it all in the sport of tennis. 

He has won 17 Grand Slam titles—including seven Wimbledon Championships—and has the current record of most weeks as the world's No. 1 ranked player. That's quite a resume in itself, but it's not even half to what Federer has achieved overall. 

If there was one hole in Federer's illustrious career, it would be how the Swiss man has not captured a singles gold medal in the Olympics.

Yes, the almost 31-year-old has achieved gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.  However, that was done in doubles with fellow Swiss man Stanislas Wawrinka. 

In singles competition, Federer fell to American James Blake in the quarters. 

Now, after four hours and 26 minutes in a semifinal win over Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, Federer will take on the hope of Great Britain, Andy Murray.

Murray defeated No. 2 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5 to set up a Wimbledon final rematch between the world's No. 4 and Federer.

Federer had a difficult time with Del Potro, however.  After a grueling third set that went the distance (19-17), the world's No.1 was finally able to fight off unnecessary unforced errors to defeat Del Po. 

Federer had his serve working during crucial moments.  This will need to be another factor to his advantage against a quality opponent in Murray.  We all know Murray will have the crowd advantage, but Federer is a crowd favorite in London as well. 

While it looked as if Del Potro's power would be too much for Federer at times, the Swiss man found a way to get through—the way all the great champions do.

Murray hasn't won a Grand Slam, and he is looking for his first piece of gold as well.  What better a place to win one than at home, right?

The Brit will truly present challenges if Federer doesn't raise his game.  He looked flat and rattled against Del Potro at times. 

While Federer is guaranteed a medal no matter the outcome, a gold finish will cap off a tremendous summer for the tennis legend.  It will also silence any sort of doubt as to how great this guy is in the sport.

After all, the singles disappointment in 2008 is a hole inFederer's dominant career.  It's basically the only reward Fed hasn't captured in tennis. 

Against another dangerous opponent in Murray, Federer will need to upgrade his level of aggressiveness.  Against Del Potro, the 30-year-old converted only two-of-13 break-point chances.  Credit goes to Del Potro for his play, but this is Murray's match to lose.  He will be going for his shots, and Fed must get aggressive. 

If Federer does capture gold, the one phole in his career will be no more.