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Federer: I Won The Silver Medal

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer won his first singles medal at the Olympics.

Roger Federer came up short of capturing the singles gold at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event, falling to Great Britain’s Andy Murray 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the final, but stated Sunday at Wimbledon that he felt he “won” the silver.

“I think this is as good as I could do during these championships,” reflected the Swiss. “Andy was much better than I was today in many aspects of the game. For me, it’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No. 1 again, and I got silver. Don’t feel too bad for me. I am very, very proud honestly to have won a silver.

“I had a very emotional tournament from start to finish. I could have lost in the first round against (Alejandro) Falla. Same thing obviously with (Juan Martin) del Potro. I felt like I won my silver, I didn’t lose it. So I feel very, very happy.”

Federer had edged Falla 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in his opener and earned his place in the gold medal match by prevailing against del Potro 3-6, 7-6(5), 19-17 in a semi-final that lasted four hours and 26 minutes.

He reflected on the emotional drain of those narrow escapes, and admitted it may have gotten the better of him in the final.

“I had tears in my eyes after my first round match. Doing media on court, I almost broke down,” he explained. “But this is how much this meant to me. I understood how close I was from losing. Then there was no doubt about it, I felt the same way exactly after the semis.

“Maybe there was so much emotion already out of me that potentially today that kind of hindered me from playing my absolute very best.”

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Federer had defeated Murray four weeks earlier in the Wimbledon final, and lauded the Scot’s ability to bounce back from that loss, calling his opponent a “champion”.

“He’s an amazing player already,” praised the World No. 1. “I thought he played a very, very good Wimbledon Championship. So for me what I was happy to see is that he didn’t have a let-down after the Wimbledon final. It’s easy to come back, best-of-three, go out third round maybe. You just feel more horrible. But he didn’t do that. He came, he won gold. I think this is how champions react.”

Though he won the doubles gold with Stanislas Wawrinka in 2008, Federer’s medal Sunday was his first in singles competition in four appearances at the Olympic Games. The Swiss, who celebrates his 31st birthday on Wednesday, looked ahead to the possibility of once again going for the career Golden Slam in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

"I hope so. I said it before the tournament that it's not impossible that I could take part in Rio. But right now, in the meantime, I could retire and come back. It’s that long of a break,” he said with a laugh. “It’s not front and centre in my mind. But, of course, I’d love an Olympic gold in singles. But I am very happy with an Olympic silver in singles, and I already have the gold from Beijing.”

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