The new world number one has already tasted some success at the Olympics by winning a gold medal in doubles in 2008. But Roger Federer would clearly love to add a singles gold medal to his collection of career successes.
The Swiss star will be painfully aware that he is now 30-years-old, and he may not still be playing during the next Olympics in four years time. Even if he is still playing, it's unlikely he will be in his prime. Therefore, London 2012 gives Federer an excellent opportunity to secure one of few things he hasn't yet achieved.
Supporters of Wimbledon 2012 will know that the player was back to his very best as he defeated Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on his way to the title. The news that Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw through injury and the opportunity to return to Wimbledon must give Federer a huge amount of confidence.
However, the Swiss player may also put a certain amount of pressure on himself knowing this may represent his last chance to win a singles Olympic gold medal. There is also the US Open to consider, and how the Olympics may influence his performance in the final Grand Slam of the year.
We know that Rafael Nadal will be rested and refreshed in time to travel to New York. But Federer may feel winning gold at London 2012 is the ideal way to prepare for the 2012 US Open. The Swiss player may be seen as the favourite for the prestigious medal, but he will face other players that will believe they can be successful too.
It's likely the biggest challenges will come from Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. However, the absence of Rafael Nadal may bring other players into contention. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may feel he has a strong possibility to win a medal of some sort.
Nevertheless, there isn't much that Roger Federer does not achieve in tennis, so it would be a surprise if he failed to secure the gold medal. Andy Murray, though, will be considered one the strong possibilities to win a medal for Team GB.