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Was Federer's loss bigger loss for Olympic tennis event? Please, be serious

Olympic gold isn't too important in tennis. That's because tennis was re-introduced in OG not before 1988. And you can see that also from the winner list, Rafa and Agassi are the only truly great players to have win singles gold, whereas e.g. Roger didn't manage to win it, Sampras didn't care, and Borg and Laver didn't have a chance. Had Roger win that gold medal, two 2000s best players, Roger and Rafa, would've been singles Olympic champions, and that would've increased the prestige of OG. But now, it may remain as an event nobody prepares especially for, USO some weeks later is more important.

And Roger can say this loss wasn't a big deal, it's not serious if you don't win once-in-four-years event.

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No, everyone knows Olympics is the 6th most important tournament in tennis.

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I don't understand the question. I'm being serious here.

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I don't understand the question. I'm being serious here.
OP thinks that Gramps not winning gold degrades the tournament.

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Federer wanted this singles gold. It would have meant a lot to him.

"It's big," he said of the moment, while fighting off tears, "it's big."

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Quite simply, no. This is not a slam. Doesn't play like a slam, doesn't feel like a slam. Apples and oranges.
I'm not saying Andy won't win a slam but Fed's focus, intensity and hunger weren't quite there today. And, if I were to go out on a limb, I do think Murray will win a slam. But with Fed, you could plainly see that his body language and facial expressions betrayed what I suspected all along, which was that he was too relieved after that semi and just okay with being there but not pushing as much for this as Murray.
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No, everyone knows Olympics is the 6th most important tournament in tennis.
I think you're being sarcastic (I hope) but, no.
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Re: Was Federer's loss bigger loss for Olympic tennis event? Please, be serious

I don't think so.

It is more about how the players feel about the event. Everyone know Fed was gunning for this since 08 basically, and just look at what it meant to Murray winning this, also Del Potro winning the bronze.

The Olympics will only gain in prestige in the coming years.

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raise OG points to 1500
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Federer himself didn't seem to care that much about the loss so why would you.
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Re: Was Federer's loss bigger loss for Olympic tennis event? Please, be serious

I'm not sure if I understand the question, but Federer's loss is NOT a loss for OG. In fact, it shows that not even Federer can win a gold medal in singles category.

Whether it's bigger loss for Federer himself, again I'm not sure if I understand what it means, but... he had a gold medal already in doubles event.

For someone with lofty standard and legendary status like him, anything less than gold is disappointment but still, any medal in any event counts in Olympic since you're not only playing for your own glory.
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I think you're being sarcastic (I hope) but, no.
Slams, WTF and then this.

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I personally rank Olympics very highly, right after the four slams. That is, if you have none of these titles (as Murray didn't), you would rather win a slam, then the Olympics, then everythig else.

But for Federer, this was one significant title missing for his collection. I would trade his Wimbledon for this one, so I am so disappointed with his loss today.

I hope Rio 2016 is on hardcourts and Federer can prepare specifically for that event and not play too much before the Olympics.
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I'm not sure if I understand the question, but Federer's loss is NOT a loss for OG. In fact, it shows that not even Federer can win a gold medal in singles category.
"not even" Federer? Interesting how you implied that this tournament is so hard to win when players who have never won a slam have won it in the past, and a player who has never won a slam has just won it.

The Olympic medals are amazing achievements in and of themselves, but not so much in terms of a tennis player's resume.


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