Andy Murray Takes Gold, Defeats Federer!

Murray takes first career victory with an Olympic Gold at Wimbledon. london2012.com

Day 9: August 5:

Mens' Singles Finals - Gold Medal Match

 

   Great Britain's Andy Murray displayed a phenomenal performance at the Center Court of the All-England Tennis Club at Wimbledon beating No.1 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland in straight sets 6-2 6-1 6-4 winning the Men's Singles Gold. Murray who lost the Wimbledon finals to Federer only four weeks ago finally pulled-through with his first career major tournament victory after four Grand Slam finals of which three were against the Swiss Meister. In Women's Doubles Gold Medal match, Americans Serena and Venus Williams collected their third Olympic Doubles Gold Medal winning against the Czech Republic pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4. Serena repeated the feat of winning both singles and doubles at the Olympics by sister Venus at Sydney 2000. The 'sister act' also won the doubles gold in 2008 Beijing. 

Russia's Maria Sharapova extends against Serena in the finals. Photo from london2012.com

Serena Williams defeats Sharapova in Women's Finals, Bryan brothers wins Men's Doubles gold!

 

Day 8: August 4 

 

     Serena Williams of the United States dominated Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 in the Women's Singles Olympic finals held at Wimbledon Saturday to win the Gold Medal.  Repeating her win last month on the same venue Serena, who did not lose a set yielding only 17 games, made short work of the French Open champion finishing with 24 winners, 10 aces and only seven unforced errors. Playing for the bronze medal, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4. In Men's Doubles, USA's Bob and Mike Bryan hauled their first doubles Olympic Gold medal in men's tennis with a victory over Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4 7-6 (2) who settled for the silver medal. French teammates Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet took the bronze winning against David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez 7-6 6-2.

 

Day 7: August 3

 

     A repeat showdown of the Wimbledon Finals just three weeks ago is in the offing between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Great Britain’s of Andy Murray. The 30-year-old Swiss Maestro provided a gutsy performance in beating Juan-Martin Del Potro which lasted four hours and 26 minutes 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 19-17 and booked himself an Olympic Tennis Gold Medal showdown against Murray who stunned No.2 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5 7-5. Del Potro and Djokovic will be playing for the Bronze Medal. In Women’s action No.4-seeded Williams crushed No.1-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-2 needing only 63 minutes to enter the finals against No.3 seed Maria Sharapova of Russia who defeated her Russian teammate No.14-seeded Maria Kirilenko, 6-2 6-3.

 

Day 6: August 2

 

    Top-seeded Roger Federer took one more step towards an Olympic singles gold beating 6-foot-9 Joh Isner of the United States. Joining the Swiis Meister in the final four is no.2 seed Novak Djokovic who romped over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-1 7-5 to earn a spot against Andy Murray winner over Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-1. Argentina's Juan-Martin Del Potro took the last spot of the semis with a victory over Ken Nikishori of Japan 6-4 7-6 (4).

 

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   In women's singles, Russia's Maria Sharapova defeated Belguim's Kim Clijters 6-2 7-5 and Serena Williams over-powered Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-0 6-3 to enter the semi-finals. No.1 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won over German Angelique Kerber 64 75 and 14th seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia winner against Petra Kvitova Czech Republic 76(3) 63.

 

Day 5: August 1

 

     No.1 seed Roger Federer is through to the quarterfinals after defeating Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 7-5 6-3. Second seed Novak Djokovic was extended to three sets by former Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 4-6 7-5 6-1. Federer will face John Isner in the last eight after edging out seventh seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in an exciting match including a nail-biting tiebreaker 7-5 7-6 (16/14). The shock of the day belonged to Japan's Kei Nishikori defeating fourth seed and Wimbledon quarter-finalist David Ferrer of Spain 6-0 3-6 6-4.

 

See results / scores

 

In Women’s Singles Maria Sharapova had to dig in deep after losing the first set and down a break in the second to overcome Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-7 (8/10) 6-4 6-3 after two hours and 47 minutes. Sharapova will play Kim Clijsters, who eliminated 11th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-3 6-4. Venus Williams went out losing in two sets both tie-breakers to seventh seed and Wimbledon

semi-finalist Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5). Venus still has the chance of a record fourth Olympic gold medal in the women's Doubles with sister Serena brushed off Beijing bronze medallist Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-0.

 

Day 4: July 31

 

    Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the longest match in Olympics Tennis history on Tuesday’s second round match needing almost 4 hours (3’57”) to overcome Milos Roanic of Canada by a score of 6-3 3-6 25-23. The third set alone took 3 hours. Tsonga will next meet Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the round of 16s. Lopez upset ninth seed Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4 6-4. Second seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia was dominant against US’s Andy Roddick winning handily 6-2 6-1 in less than an hour. Djokovic will play wild card Lleyton Hewitt from Australia also upsetting No. 13 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4 7-5. Fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain also moved on to the third ound by defeating Blaz Kavcic 6-2 6-2. Ferrer next faces Japanese 15th seed Kei Nishikori, winner over Nikolay Davydenko 4-6 6-4 6-1. Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis sneaked past 16th seed Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-4 where he will play third seed Britain’s Andy Murray in the last 16, in a repeat of last month's late-night Wimbledon thriller. In women’s action third seed Maria Sharapova of Russia had to overcome a shaky start to eke-out a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Britain’s Laura Robson. Russian partner Maria Kirilenko also frustrated Britain’s Heather Watson cruising in straight sets 6-3 6-2. Germany's Julia Goerges followed up her opening-round upset of Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska by scoring a 6-3 7-5 win against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States. Meanwhile, Venus Williams 32, seeking a record fourth Olympic Tennis gold, advanced with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak. In other matches Belarusian top seed Victoria Azarenka beat Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1 6-2 to also reach the round of 16s, while Germany's Sabine Lisicki beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6 6-3 7-5.

 

Day 3: July 30 

 

     Top favorite Roger Federer defeated France's Julien Benneteau 6-2 6-2 to barge into the round of 16s at the Olympic Tennis event in Wimbledon. The reigning Olympic doubles champion (w. S Wawrinka) is trying to follow in the footsteps of countryman Marc Rosset who won the Singles gold in Barcelona in 1992. Federer will meet Dennis Istomin of Uzbekistan for a spot in the quarterfinals. In women's singles No.4 seed Serena Williams the reigning Wimbledon Champion and one of the favorites for Singles gold, lead all players to the last 16 with a 6-2 6-3 win over Urszula Radwanska. Serena will meet 13th seed Vera Zvonareva the bronze medalist in 2008 Beijing, after defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-3. Meanwhile, the Williams sisters  (with Venus) teamed up for their first-round Doubles match against Romanians Sorana Cirstea and Simona Halep, they won 6-3 6-2.

 

Day 2: July 29

 

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday at the All England Club for a place in the second round. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. Tsonga, the semi-finalist at Wimbledon losing to British No. 1 Andy Murray in four sets, is playing in his first Olympic Games. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the No. 15 seed, defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in 90 minutes. Nishikori saved five of six break point opportunities, hitting 39 winners under wet conditions. More results

 

Day 1: July 28

 

    Roger Federer of Switzerland overcame Colombia’s Alejandro Falla needing three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to move on to the second round of the Men’s Singles Olympic Tennis Event in Wimbledon at the All-England Tennis Club.  2012 Wimbledon champion Serena Williams continued her winning ways on grass-courts clobbering former No.1 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Women’s Singles event. In other Men’s Singles matches, Steve Darcis of Belgium stunned 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 to move on to the second round where he will face Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. More results from Day 1

 

Pre-Olympic Tennis News...

 

  July 27, 2012 - World No. 1 Roger Federer will be playing against Alejandro Falla of Colombia in the first round of Olympic Tennis Event in Wimbledon on Saturday at the All England Club. Federer is scheduled to meet David Ferrer of Spain if both make it to the semi-finals while Novak Djokovic was drawn with Great Britain' Andy Murray on the other half of the draw. More on atpworldtour.com

 

   July 19,2012 - Defending Olympic Gold-Medalist (Beijing 2008) Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Olympics in Wimbledon, England due to a knee ailment that has been bothering him since winning his 7th Roland Garros crown last month. More on Rafa ....

 

   July 16, 2012 - Roger Federer surpasses Pete Sampras with the most weeks at No. 1 now 287. With the new ATP rankings released today, the Swiss Meister moved one week clear of Sampras' previous mark becoming the record-holder for the number of weeks as the top-ranked player. More on Telegraph UK ....

 

   July 12, 2012 - The Russian Olympic Committee breaks with tradition allowing a female flag-bearer in the name of Maria Sharapova. Normally reserved for male athletes, ROC decided to go with the "Career Grand Slam" champion, a first time Olympic entrant. More inside

 

   July 11,2012 Beeyong Sison: The Russian Olympic Committee breaks with tradition allowing a female flag-bearer in the name of Maria Sharapova. Normally reserved for male athletes, ROC decided to go with the "Career Grand Slam" champion, a first time Olympic entrant.

 

    The former no.1 player, who lives in Florida, was chosen by Russia's ROC president Alexander Zhukov to lead the team in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics on June 27 at Stratford, England.

 

    Sharapova has battled her way back to the top of women's tennis after two years of shoulder problems, returning to No. 1 in the world rankings after completing a career grand slam by winning last month's French Open.

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