Federer: Murray Is My Main Rival for a Golden End to Season; Rush Job: Roger Federer Will Face Russia's Dimitry Tursanov in the First Round of the Mens Singles at the Games

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Federer: Murray Is My Main Rival for a Golden End to Season; Rush Job: Roger Federer Will Face Russia's Dimitry Tursanov in the First Round of the Mens Singles at the Games


Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

ROGER FEDERER today claimed that taking Olympic gold would mean as much to him as winning Wimbledon.

The five-time SW19 champion also said he hopes to use the Games to rescue his season and identified Andy Murray as one of his biggest rivals for the men's singles crown.

Federer is the top seed here but will lose his status as world No1 to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings are released on 18 August.

The Swiss lost to Nadal in this year's Wimbledon final and has since crashed out in the early rounds of tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Today he was drawn against Russia's Dmitry Tursunov in the first round and then revealed the true scale of his desire to claim a first Olympic gold.

Federer, whose 27th birthday coincides with tomorrow's opening ceremony, said: "It is one of my dreams to do well in an Olympics, it is something that is really important me.

If I won, it would mean as much to me as a Wimbledon victory.

"I have been working really hard this year trying to come back from illness at the start.

I wish it had paid off with bigger results, like winning Wimbledon when I was only a few points away.

"That hurt but I am now over it. I know what people expect from me after my great last five years but I hope I can still save this season by winning the Olympics or the US Open."

Federer has been drawn in the opposite section to No2 seed Nadal who meets

Italy's Potito Starace in the first round, which starts on Sunday. …

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