They interchanged pleasantries and before separating methods, Stream said: “I’ll see you in a couple of several weeks.”
“I’ll check in with you when I get back,” Federer responded with a smile.
In this rather uncommon period, the natural lawn that Federer knows so well is the landscape of two considerable events: Wimbledon, which finished Weekend, and the London, uk Olympics golf competitors, which starts September 28. Having renewed his leadership at the Huge Throw competitors, Federer can quickly follow that up by generating a silver honor in men and women for Europe, one of the few success losing from his stocked full continue.
And create no error, Federer is not merely satisfied to be doing the 2012 Summer season Games.
“I do believe my situation has got that little celebrity next to it. I am now the Wimbledon champ, and I think that gives me even more assurance coming to the Olympics. And maybe in some methods, it maybe takes some ‘pressure,”’ he said, uncrossing his hands to create air quotations with his hands, “off the Olympics because I already did win at Wimbledon this period. So that is a great thing for me because of course there is a lot of buzz around me enjoying at the Olympics this period.”
This is about successful, not taking part.
He won’t stay in the athletes’ village. Been there, done that.
Instead, Federer will rent his usual house near the All England Club, an arrangement that worked well this past fortnight, clearly.
Federer has already been to three Olympics; he met his wife, Mirka, a former tennis player, at the 2000 Games. He carried the Swiss flag at the opening ceremony twice, but said he might allow someone else to have that honor this time. He owns a doubles gold he won with Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing four years ago.
A singles gold would be the perfect gift for a guy who has everything, including a record 17 Grand Slam titles (his first came at Wimbledon in 2003) and, as of Monday, 286 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, equaling Pete Sampras’ career record.
“Obviously, the Olympics is the next goal,” Federer said during a 15-minute session with a half-dozen reporters. “I was taking it in steps, really: all-out until Wimbledon. And then, after that, take a break, reassess, prepare well, then come back for the Olympics and hopefully play well.”
On Tuesday, Olympic organizers officially begin to take over the All England Club and make it theirs.
There was a flurry of activity around the grounds Monday. A large electronic video scoreboard was getting dismantled. Potted plants were being discarded. A souvenir shop was being emptied of purple-and-green umbrellas and other Wimbledon items to make way for Olympic mementos.
“Apparently, people are moving in and (are) just going to change everything. I mean ... a lot. Also, it’s going to be different because all of the (staff) are going to be different. Normally, we have familiar faces, everybody we know. Those are all apparently gone, so that’s going to be a bit odd and disappointing, almost to a degree,” Federer said. “But I’m sure the IOC are going to make it work. ... I’m excited to see how they’re going to make it work because this already works as good as can be. So I don’t know how they’re going to make it better. But anyway, let them try.”
It was tough to imagine how he could possibly make himself into a better player, but he keeps on honing his craft and adding to his record totals.