Roger Federer Wins Epic Olympic Marathon, Will Play For Gold On Sunday; Withdraws From Toronto
Following his epic 3-set 19-17 win in the final today over Juan Martin Del Potro, Roger Federer officially withdrew from the upcoming Toronto Masters Series.
“I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from Toronto as I love the city and the Canadian fans are amazing. I have always enjoyed playing there but after a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover,” said Federer. “I look forward to coming back to Canada next year.”
Federer beat Del Potro in the semifinals of the London Olympic 3-6, 7-6, 19-17 to advance to his first gold medal match on Sunday. The 4-hour, 26-minute marathon was the longest three set match in the Open Era.
“The emotions I felt were as strong as winning a Grand Slam almost,” Federer said. “But of course you have to hopefully save some for Sunday so you can’t go overly crazy. But I was very, very touched at the end.
“But I was tense. I was nervous,” he added. “Obviously I was seeing myself as the loser many times during the match. But at the same time also I did see myself with medals. So you go through many emotions. You just hope somehow you come out on the other side as a winner and secure yourself a medal, which is now the case.”
Federer improves to 13-2 against the Argentine who will challenge the Novak Djokovic-Andy Murray loser in the bronze medal match Sunday.
“It’s not an easy situation,” said del Potro. “Someone always has to win these matches and today it was him. In other big matches it has been my turn, such as the US Open but this time it was his.”
Federer will meet the winner in best-of-5 later that day with a first singles gold medal on the line for both players.
The Toronto event has been hit hard with withdrawals due to the timings of the Olympics. In addition to Federer, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Gael Monfils and Andy Roddick have also pulled out, with potentially more to come.
The Canadian Open begins on Monday. All the players are still expected to play in Cincinnati the following week.
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