Wimbledon 2012: Can Roger Federer Extend Hot Streak Through Olympics?

Blake Dorfman@blakedorfmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

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 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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If you weren't rooting for Andy Murray while watching Sunday's Wimbledon title match, you don't have a heart. If you don't think Roger Federer is the favorite to win Olympic gold in London, you don't have a brain.

Murray was playing for a city that has endured an unimaginable tragedy. He was playing for a country that is in a 76-year drought at its own tournament. Great Britain held its breath as Murray played his heart out. Tears fell everywhere as Murray made his memorable post-match speech.

Federer was as cool as a foggy London morning, and the Swiss legend's game was unlike his country's cheese—no holes.

R-Fed is back to the top of the world rankings after the 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win under a closed roof, taking his seventh Wimbledon title. Great Britain will have to wait, and it will have to watch as Federer also takes Olympic gold on U.K. soil in a few weeks.

Does anyone else notice that this guy doesn't seem to sweat during matches?

He was magical in the final, winning the second set on a gorgeously risky shot. After the roof was closed to end the delay, he finished off one of the best Wimbledon matches of his career with dominant serving. His ace to force the first championship point was untouchable.

Think Djokovic will be atop the medal stand? Nadal?

It's not gonna happen, especially since Federer—perhaps the greatest grass-court player of all time—will be back at the All England Club for the Olympics. 

Just as important as the surface is the intimidating presence of Federer when he's at his best, even if he is older than the field. He just makes it look so easy sometimes.

"What must those other two guys be thinking now, Nadal and Djokovic?" pondered Patrick McEnroe on ESPN's post-match show. "For all the work they've done they figured they finally got to the mountaintop and slayed the dragon in Roger Federer, and what does he do?"

What he did was show that despite being a cool customer, he's got plenty of fire left in his breath.

Nadal won the gold medal after seizing the top world-ranking from Federer right before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, ending Federer's record of 237 straight weeks at the top. Nadal won Wimbledon and—along with the momentum of dethroning Federer in the rankings—took gold.

Roger Federer is dealing with the same formula now, and he gets to play for an Olympic medal at the very same place he dominated on Sunday.

Advantage Federer.


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