POSTED: February 1st 2010

Federer wants to keep on winning so that must also mean London 2012

Roger Federer: marking another grand slam success in Melbourne /
Roger Federer: marking another grand slam success in Melbourne /

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer insisted after his latest grand slam success that he has his eye set on further success – and this must logically include Olympic Games gold in London in 2012.

Federer won a record 16th major title by defeating Britain’s own Andy Murray in three sets on Sunday in the final of the Australian Open and made no secret later of the enjoyment he still gains from success. This was his first grand slam success as a father - following the birth of his twin daughters last year.

He said: “Of course it's always the ultimate for a player to win matches and to win tournaments so for me its the same thing, very rewarding. I thought I played some of my best tennis here, definitely. It's always hard to judge whether it is your finest performance, it always depends who you play.

“I thought yesterday was a very tactical match. Always, against Murray, the match-up is very interesting because I think he neutralises his opponents so for me to be able to play aggressive and control aggression really, I thought I did a great job and I'm very happy where my game is at."

As for the Olympics Federer – who had carried the Swiss flag into the Bird’s Nest in 2008 - lost in the second round in 2004 in Athens and in the quarter-finals in Beijing when Rafael Nadal took gold.

Of course, in two years’ time, Britain’s hopes of a first men’s tennis gold since Lawrence Doherty in Paris in 1900 will rest with . . . Murray.

Keywords · London 2012 · tennis · Olympic Games · Federer · Murray · Nadal

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