One of the best tennis players in the history of the sport Roger Federer has accepted that it’s different to play for ones country and he feels the pressure when he is wearing Swiss jersey.
Federer is currently trying to win the first Olympics Gold Medal of his career in the singles category.
During a press conference, Federer said, “When I play for Switzerland I try to be a good ambassador as I travel around for eight months of the year. But it's different having the Swiss cross on your jersey and you do feel the pressure.”
The Swiss Maestro added, “It's not something that we're used to, everybody's talking about it on the street in Switzerland. It only comes every four years so it's unusual and I feel that too.”
Federer survived a second set meltdown to beat Colombia’s Alejandro Falla 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of the London Olympics.
The relieved Swiss star said, “I'm relieved of course. Falla is a great player, counter-punches well, plays really well and made things really difficult for me.”
This is the only title in the sport of tennis that has eluded Federer so far during his illustrious career. The Swiss legend defeated Great Britain’s Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final at the same venue three weeks back to capture his record leveling seventh title at the All England Club.
However, Federer’s best performance at the biggest sports event of the world was at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, when he lost to France’s Arnaud Di Pasquale in the Bronze Medal match. This was the same event where Federer met his now wife Mirka for the first time.
Nevertheless, the Swiss Maestro captured Gold Medal in the doubles category partnering his friend Stanislas Wawrinka at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.