After ending his two-year drought at the majors and returning to the top of the world rankings, Wimbledon champion and World No 1 Roger Federer once again radiates the supreme confidence that characterised his lengthy spell as the sport’s dominant force.
He now believes his latest Wimbledon crown makes him the favourite at the Olympics. “I played great and I was able to beat Novak. I’m back at World No 1, so if you put all those things together it could be that I’m the favourite. I’m coming back to a place where I have been able to win so often and that gives me incredible confidence,” said Federer at a press conference yesterday, ahead of today’s opening day of the tournament.
“Winning Wimbledon has definitely sunk in now, especially when I look at the draw here and see I’m the No 1 seed. It hasn’t been that way in some time. I always believed I would get back to No 1. I had a couple of tough losses last year that stopped me going further. But the good thing is I never gave up and started to play better, especially at Wimbledon.”
Federer can cap one of the best months of his illustrious career by adding a sprinkling of gold to his already glittering CV. He won gold in the doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka at Beijing 2008, but the Olympic singles gold remains elusive. “I know it (gold) was the doubles and not the singles, but nobody can take that away from me and Stan,” he said.