Following a sudden loss to Tomas Berdych at Athens 2004, Roger Federer arrived into Beijing Olympics as among the favorites to win the men’s singles gold medal, just to be refused by James Blake from the quarter-final. Following that, Roger turned his attention into men’s doubles event, hammering a fantastic team together with his great friend Stan Wawrinka that went all the way to win the gold trophy for Switzerland and deliver the Olympic glory for themselves.
A day before, the Korean duo had a hectic schedule, beating Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes at the quarters before magnificent Bob and Mike Bryan from the semi-final to attain the title game against Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson, who prevailed against Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra in four hours and 46 moments!
Following that thrilling victory within the Bryan brothers, Roger and Stan were pumped and moved to create one last push and catch the gold August 16, ousting the Swedes 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 to begin a huge celebration following a ceremony winner from Roger at the last point.
The Swiss set made the first break in game , shutting the opener following an superb grip from Roger in match nine to get a 6-3. They scored one break in place number twice as well to get a 6-4, functioning greater than the Swedes and creating fewer mistakes.
Johansson and Aspelin eventually broke their opponents at the start of the third group to get momentum, though it turned out to be a short lived one as they dropped function in another game following three double faults! Nonetheless, the Swedes won the tie break 7-4 to extend the experience for one more place, expecting to make a complete comeback and then lift the very first title together.
However, this was all they can do, together with Wawrinka and Federer scoring a rest in the fourth game of the fourth group to maintain the benefit until the ending and make Olympic glory. This medal arrived at the ideal moment for Roger, that had been going to eliminate the no.
1 place to Rafael Nadal two weeks afterwards, stepping down in the ATP throne to the first time in four and a half years.
Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka maintained the doubles gold medal in Beijing 2008.
“It is not the first time that tournament, or even in my entire life, I needed to function for a big game, but it certainly changed a tiny bit in doubles in which occasionally you do not command that much yourself since men usually opt for huge yields.
When Stan held his function readily to ship up 5-2 up, I understood it is essentially up to me if we did not break. It is essentially the minute that you dream of becoming in, though there’s so much stress. It is where you need to end up, facing the strain, and doing this.
I needed to go through quite a few second serves to win the match, making it harder. We played tennis, it is a fantasy come true, nearly disbelief to a level. I become a team player and always have been, I really like team rivalry: basketball, football; it is always something I have enjoyed doing.
Once I was in my very first Davis Cup, I received my very first Davis Cup nomination once I was possibly 16, and it had been the best thing for me personally. What I attempted to do now is, even when I play with Davis Cup is that air in the group is crucial.
It is really key to getting a fantastic atmosphere in the group, that is what we actually have. We had such a fantastic understanding of each other now about the court and during the entire week, fourteen days. It is something we have been attempting to develop for several decades, and especially the previous month, speaking a great deal about how we’d love to play doubles.
At the conclusion, it all comes together, it will become such a sweet success, you understand, it is obviously excellent. However, I mean, I have always enjoyed playing with doubles. I have not played it much recently because the attention was singles and Grand Slams and No.
1 on the planet. Nonetheless, it’s still something that I like doing, particularly at the essential phases. It is a fantastic feeling, particularly celebrating it all together. It is way different to observing it independently from the pool. I figure Michael Phelps understands that, also.
If he wins in the pool, it is not exactly the same as if he wins it . I believe that you could see it if he won, I believe, his third trophy, just how happy he had been. If he wins the relay, then it is only a different sense,” Roger Federer said.