Roger Federer Won Olympic Gold, Too...
Federer is a four-time Olympian, having competed first at Sydney 2000 and then at the following three Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012. Except for those 2000 Olympics, where he only played singles, Federer also took part in doubles.
It was in doubles where he secured his only Olympic gold, as he and partner Stan Wawrinka defeated Swedes Simon Aspelin and Tomas Johansson in four sets in the final match. Ecstatic with the win, Federer shared, "It is like a fantastic dream come true, I feel really happy to win the gold medal....I really feel different, as it is for my country. It is different from the Grand Slam, where I did it for just myself".
Federer would finally win a singles medal in his fourth try, at London 2012, a silver medal. His straight sets-loss to Andy Murray in the final came after an 'epic' four-hour match in the semifinals against Juan del Potro, which he admitted drained him. In Sydney, he had come close to the podium, finishing a disappointing fourth in a bronze medal match defeat to Arnaud di Pasquale (who?).
A knee injury knocked Federer from Rio 2016, as well as from Tokyo 2020. Who knows how he might have burnished his Olympic legacy at either of those two Games?
Congrats on a great career and for the Olympic memories, Roger...you'll be missed.