The dream of the 2020 Olympic games is shattered. To get even for Roger Federer, who wanted to try in Tokyo, “a medal for my country.” Clear that him Gold in the individual would prefer. Finally, it is the only major title that is missing from the 38-Year-old still. Federer himself says about his unfinished Olympic history: “My first four games were great, always something happened out of the ordinary.” A Flashback.

At the time of its Premiere in Sydney Roger Federer is a blank slate. Even without a professional title in the Palmarès he storms up in the semi-final, is subject to the German Tommy Haas. It is one of his most bitter defeats, as he confesses later, the “Tages-Anzeiger”: “I curled up in a corner and cried for a long time.” A day later, he also loses the Bronze medal game, conquered but on the same night with a first kiss the heart of his future wife, Mirka. Your first impression of the then 19-Year-olds (“You’re so young. Almost still a Baby.”) in all of the Portrait of the Traumpaars.

Four years later in Athens has turned Federer’s world 180 degrees: Eight of the tournaments he wins in 2004 alone, before the Olympic Games, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Defeats are at that time – especially on fast surfaces – exceptional. But this is exactly what happened: On the day that the fencer Marcel Fischer is the only Swiss gold medal brings those games to fail our greatest Olympic trump card in the 2. Round to the then-unknown Czech Tomas Berdych.

Federer’s third participation at a time of upheaval. After four and a half years as world number 1 he will play immediately prior to the summer of 2008 in Beijing of Rafael Nadal from the throne toppled. The long-awaited single medal that remains to him after the quarter-final Out against James Blake was again denied. For this, there is a double-Gold with Stan Wawrinka. Unforgotten are the pictures of how Federer in the Final, after the match ball, Vaud ran warm on hot hands. It is the birth of the “Fedrinka”.

In London 2012 is just the Location to be exceptional. The Olympic Tennis tournament is held there, where Federer only weeks before his 17th birthday. Grand Slam, has secured the title in Wimbledon. Also at the Olympic games he plays in the Final, once again, the Scot Andy Murray in front of him. Only the result is different. Drawn from the 306-minute semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro, the Swiss is in the final out of the game. He wins in three sets just seven Games, with silver in his first Olympic individual medal.

keep it That way, is also due to a injuries dominated the year 2016, in which Federer after Wimbledon of all tournaments have to cancel, including the Olympic games in Rio . Even then, it was doubted for a fifth Olympic participation. Whether 2021 is still in a start-up, can’t say at the present time, probably even Federer himself. A fifth act would have its Olympic history, but definitely deserves. (cmü)

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