August 2, 2015

Notes and Quotes: Murray wins singles gold over Federer


Singles – Gold Medal Match
[3] A Murray (GBR) d [1] R Federer (SUI) 62 61 64

Singles – Bronze Medal Match
[8] J Potro (ARG) d [2] N Djokovic (SRB) 75 64

Mixed Doubles – Gold Medal Match
[1] M Mirnyi / V Azarenka (BLR) d A Murray / L Robson (GBR) 26 63 10-8

Mixed Doubles – Bronze Medal Match
[3] M Bryan / L Raymond (USA) d C Kas / S Lisicki (GER) 63 46 10-4


Andy Murray: “When I look back on the match, it will be one that I’ll look at as the biggest win of my career for sure. It’s definitely one of the best matches I played. I dealt with all the situations that were in front of me well. I have lost some tough matches. Yeah, I’ve had a lot of questions asked about me many times. I’m just glad that today I managed to put on a performance.

“I would love to win Wimbledon, for sure. But this felt good. I wouldn’t change this for anything right now. I keep my medals, my trophies, in one room in my house. This will go in front of all of them.”

On what it means for British tennis: “If we can get more kids playing sport, the more chance there is of getting great champions and Olympic medallists. For tennis to get more kids playing, we’ll get more champions because of that. For a country of our size, we’ve done amazingly well I think so far in this Olympics.”

Roger Federer: “Andy was much better than I was today in many aspects of the game. For me, it’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No. 1 again, and I got silver. Don’t feel too bad for me. I am very, very proud honestly to have won a silver [medal].

“Murray’s an amazing player already. I thought he played a very, very good Wimbledon championship. So for me what I was happy to see is that he didn’t have a let-down after the Wimbledon final. It’s easy to come back, best-of-three, go out third round maybe. You just feel more horrible. But he didn’t do that. He came, he won gold. I think this is how champions react.”

On whether he will compete at the 2012 Rio Olympics: “I hope so. I said it before the tournament that it’s not impossible that I could take part in Rio. It’s not front and centre in my mind. But, of course, I’d love an Olympic gold in singles.”

Juan Martin del Potro: “I think I’m the most happy [person in] the world at this moment. It’s our (Argentina’s) first medal at this Olympic Games. It’s the first time in men’s singles. I think it means a lot for us. I wish a fantastic day for [Argentineans] to celebrate this with me… It’s amazing. It’s history, I think. It’s time to celebrate all together.

“After a really sad day two days ago, it’s not easy to recovery and to play these kind of matches. But I had energy in my body, in my heart and that’s helped me to play this big challenge. I think I played really close to my best level, like against Federer.”

Max Mirnyi: “This is a dream come true at possibly my last Olympics. It’s fabulous to win the title. It certainly adds an extra spice to the tournament, it being at Wimbledon. The emotions are beyond words right now. It’s the pinnacle of my career, for sure. We came to the Olympics to represent our country and to have won a gold medal, it couldn’t have been better.”

Mike Bryan: “Bronze medal feels really good. I told her (Lisa Raymond) that it’s been a great 28 days and we’d rather take this over Wimby any day – this is an Olympic medal. She’s so mentally tough, she came off the court and bounced back and played scintillating tennis. I’m in awe of everything she does and I’m lucky to play with her. Thanks Lisa. Thanks for the bronze.”


Murray defeats Federer for Olympic Gold Medal

Scotland’s  Andy Murray defeated  No. 1 Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to win the Olympic gold medal in men’s singles for Great Britain on Sunday on Wimbledon’s famed Centre Court,  four weeks removed from falling to the Swiss in the Wimbledon final.

Murray put in a masterful performance, dominating Federer at every turn not allowing any breaks of serve.

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina took home the bronze defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.



Golden Slam – Serena Williams Routs Sharapova for Olympic Gold Medal

Serena Williams added the one prize not already on her tennis resume – an Olympic singles gold medal. Williams of the United States captured her first Olympic singles medal demolishing Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win the gold medal at Wimbledon’s Centre Court, just four weeks removed from taking her fifth Wimbledon title.

The win gives Williams a “Career Golden Slam” – winning all four majors and an Olympic singles gold medal. She is the only women a to have the career “Golden slam” in singles and in doubles.

Williams was utterly dominant from start to finish, break Sharapova at will and shutting out the world No. 3 in the first set 6-0.  Williams rolled on to take a 6-0, 3-0 lead before Sharapova won her only game in the match. Williams went on to win 6-0, 6-1 – the most lopsided performance in a women’s gold medal match.

Williams let out a loud scream after match point, jumped up and down on the court and did a little victory dance that almost resembled a salsa.

Williams has now won 8 straight matches against silver medalist Sharapova, the only losses to the Russian coming in 2004 at the year-end championships and Wimbledon.

“I got the gold. I’m just so happy., ” Williams said. “I don’t know what to do. I’ve never played better. Playing against Maria you have to be at your best. I knew that. She won the French Open, she never loses this year. She’s playing the finals of everything so I knew it was going to be tough.”

No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the bronze medal with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Maria Kirilenko of Reussia. Williams’ win keeps Azarenka atop the rankings.



Serena Williams sets records at Olympic Tennis Event

From the International Tennis Federation Serena Williams (USA) defeated Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-0, 6-1 in 63 minutes to win the women’s singles gold medal at the Olympic Tennis Event on Saturday. This was the fewest games in a women’s singles final in the history of the Olympic Tennis Event. The previous shortest final was at 1920 Antwerp, when Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) defeated Dorothy Holman (GBR) 6-3 6-0.


Serena Williams dropped 17 games in her six matches to win women’s singles gold. Suzanne Lenglen lost the fewest games of any Olympic women’s singles champion, dropping four games in five matches to win the 1920 title.


Serena Williams has dropped a total of five games in the three Olympic finals she has won: 2000 Sydney doubles (with Venus Williams), 2008 Beijing doubles (with Venus Williams) and 2012 London singles.


Serena and Venus Williams both now have three Olympic gold medals, the record for any women in the Olympic Tennis Event. The Williams sisters are now bidding to become the first players, men or women, to win four Olympic tennis gold medals. They play Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova (RUS) in the women’s doubles semifinals later on Saturday.


Murray gets Wimbledon Re-Match with Federer in Olympic Final

With a roaring home crowd behind him, Scotland’s Andy Murray will get a second chance to win a final at Wimbledon, that is the Olympic men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Murray defeated No. 2 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals to assure Great Britain at least a silver medal. He can make it gold if he defeats Roger Federer on Sunday at Centre Court.

Murray played aggressively from the beginning almost breaking Djokovic in the Serb’s first service game. Both men held their serve and their nerve until the 12th game when a Murray forehand passing shot gave him his first break and the set.

Murray had to fight off Djokovic from breaking him in his first two service games in the second set. Djokovic had a chance to break Murray in the ninth game, but the Scot put the fire out with an ace. Two games later Murray stopped more break points.

Djokovic who had been serving well the entire second set, fell to love-30 in the 12th game which turned to love-40 with match point for Murray. Djokovic missed an ill-advised drop shot and Murray was victorious.

“It was one of the biggest wins of my career, and one of the most emotional…, so happy to win,” Murray said. “You don’t see me smiling that much normally, and I haven’t stopped smiling since I came off the court.”

As for the final against Roger Federer, “I’ll be desperate to win on Sunday,” Murray said.

Djokovic will play Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday for the bronze medal. Djokovic won the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.



Federer Wins Marathon Match to Reach Olympic Final

In an epic marathon match on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland rallied to defeat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6(6), 19-17 to advance to finals of the Olympic Men’s singles with a chance to win the gold medal.

The four-hour and 26 minute match broke the record for the longest men’s three-set match in the Open Era

The previous longest men’s three-set singles match was in the semifinals at 2009 Madrid, in which Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) in 4 hours 3 minutes.

Federer may have come into the match holding a 12-2 head-to-head record against Del Potro, but the Argentine broke Federer in the eighth game and held to secure the first set 6-3.

Very little separated Del Potro and Federer in the second set, which went to a tiebreak, with Federer taking it 7-5.

In the third set both men had chances to break, with Federer capitalizing in the 19th game to take a 10-9 lead to serve for the match. Del Potro would not give up, breaking Federer at love to even the match again.

Both men held serve and at 14-14, Federer appeared to have the upper hand getting to love-40 of Del Potro’s serve. It was not to be. The Argentine came back to hold.

Both men held for the next six games until Federer broke for at 18-17 lead. This second time serving for the match Federer made no mistakes. Del Potro hit a backhand volley into the set to end the match.

Federer hit 24 aces, won six more point than Del Potro (186:180) and hit 64 winners versus 51 for Del Potro.

The 17-time major champion who has never won a singles medal in three previous Olympics has guaranteed himself at least the silver medal. In fact he has guaranteed Swirzerland’s first medal in the 2012 Olympics.

Federer will play the winner of the Andy Murray – Novak Djokovic semifinal for the Olympic gold medal.


Serena Williams, Azarenka, Sharapova, Kirilenko set-up Women’s Olympic Semifinals


Serena Williams will take on No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, while Maria Sharapova will play countrywoman Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals of the Women’s Olympic tournament at Wimbledon.

Williams destroyed Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-3. During the match , Williams amazed spectators with and off-balance left-handed forehand.

“I haven’t practiced it in a couple of months,” Williams said. “I wish I could have hit it better.”

Serena completed her day by pairing with sister Venus downing No. 2-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-1 to move into the doubles semifinals.

Azarenka topped Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.

The other singles semifinal will have a pair of Russians facing off. Sharpova knocked out Kim Clijsters 6-2, 7-5, while Kirilenko upset No. 6 Petra Kvitova 7-6(3), 6-3.

“I’m really happy that one of us will have a chance to go for gold,” said Sharapova of her Russian teammate, opponent and friend.


Federer, Djokovic, Del Potro and Murray advance to Semifinals of Olympics


Andy Murray will meet Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will take on Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals of the Olympics on Friday at Wimbledon.

Murray with the home court advantage, playing in front of British Royals Prince William and his wife Kate on Court 1 had few problems with Spain’s Nicolas Almagro winning 6-4, 6-1.

Murray’s semifinal opponent Serbian Novak Djokovic 2008 bronze medalist, stopped France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-5.

“Andy is the home hero,” said Djokovic of playing Murray on Friday.

“He has been playing better than ever on grass courts. I will have to be at the top of my game.

“It was a great win for me. Tsonga is a great competitor and he is a very powerful player from the baseline so, for me, the right thing to do today was use my serve as efficiently as possible in these windy, tough conditions.”

No. 1 Roger Federer trying to win his first medal in singles moved into the medal round with a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over the United States’ John Isner. The Swiss won match point as he hit a backhand return which barely dribbled over the net. The 17-time major winner will battle 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro knocked out Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6.

“Being in the medal matches, at least I’ll get two shots,” Federer said. “That’s why I looked at this match as a final. You can imagine the relief and happiness I feel right now.”


No. 1 is on the line for Federer and Djokovic. If Djokovic beats Murray and Federer loses, the Serbian will move back to No. 1. If Djokovic  and Federer face off in the gold medal or bronze medal match, the winner will become No. 1.


An Olympic View from Court 1, Third Round

By Ros Satar

WIMBLEDON – It’s not quite the AELTC, is it?

It’s all very familiar but very different.

Where once was the comfortably subtle dark green and purple livery adorning the iconic front of Centre Court, there are angular and lively 2012 shapes and colors.

The Olympic tennis is being hosted at the All England Club, where just three and a half weeks ago, tennis fans saw an emotional Andy Murray let down his guard after Roger Federer won a record-equaling seventh title.

There are some things that are reassuringly the same.  The stoic sighs of the fans on Court 1 who take their seats in the rain.  The queues for food and drink (and yes you CAN get the SW19 drink of choice, but due to sponsorship and licensing, it cannot be referred to by a trade name)!


Roger Federer (Switzerland) def Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 7-5, 6-3

On Court 1, as the rain was spitting down, the players were brought out, including a reluctant looking Roger Federer, who was facing Denis Istomin, in the third round.

No sooner than they had sat down, the rain came down heavier, so off they went.

Play got underway around 45 minutes later, and although both players seemed to need time to find their range, Federer was soon away with a break, but did not have it all his own way, as Istomin clawed his way back, before another rain delay came.

As the resumption, Federer got the late break he wanted, taking the first set.  The second set started in much the same way, with Federer breaking Istomin in his first game.

This time there was no clawing back, although Istomin had played very well, and at times Federer had not looked as convincing as he did in the opening rounds of The Championships a few weeks ago.


Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) def Nadia Petrova (Russia) 7-6(6), 6-4

As the sun shone down, finally, on Court 1, these ladies slugged away at each other from the baseline.

Neither were giving ground, although every now and again Petrova would throw out a hefty kick serve which left Azarenka all at sea.

Petrova had the edge on Azarenka in the first set tiebreak, and it was only after saving the first set point against her that Azarenka suddenly stepped up a gear, fighting back and eventually winning the tiebreak.

Although Azarenka started the second set with the momentum with her, she was broken before the first change of ends, although Petrova made heavy work of consolidating the break.

Azarenka got the better of Petrova with a single break, and although Petrova challenged on match point, it was to no avail.


Maria Sharapova (Russia) def Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3

It was almost a month ago to the day that Sabine Lisicki put paid to Maria Sharapova’s run to a consecutive Wimbledon final.

And it was like nothing had changed.

Neither was giving any leeway until the eighth game, when Lisicki stepped up her play and broke Sharapova.

However, a costly double fault sent her on the way to being broken straight back, to love.

The first set went to a see-saw tie break with Lisicki being let back in to the tiebreak that saw Sharapova edged out for the first set.

A single break margin saw Sharapova level the match and take things into a decider.

The third set started with two breaks of serve until things proceeded with serve as the clouds rolled in over the setting sun, and the light was fading.

Sharapova had the all-important break to lead 5-3 and serve out for the match.

David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori had been scheduled to finish up the day’s action but had been moved to Court 14, and then moved again to Centre Court to finish the action.

All in all, there are enough things familiar and heaven knows it was nice to spend some time in the sun, after such a rain-soaked Wimbledon.

But the volunteers sometimes enthusiastically let people in at non-change of ends pauses in matches, the ball boys and girls are maybe not as strictly drilled, and the numbers lines judges also seem to be pared down.

But for the most part the fans are reveling in a couple of weeks of extra tennis at SW19 and turn a bit of a blind eye to the different colors.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT Journalist by day, a Sports journalist part-time and her match observations can be found at the Chalkdust Chronicles ( Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.



Tsonga Win over Raonic Makes Olympic History


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Two Olympic Tennis Event records were broken on Tuesday in London in the men’s singles second round match between No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Milos Raonic from Canada, which Tsonga won 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in 3 hours 57 minutes.

At the All England Club, Tsonga and Raonic resumed a match delayed by rain second round match  at a set a piece 2-1 in the third. Little did they know that this that this match would prove to be a record-breaker.

Tsonga and Raonic held serve, again, and again and again – altogether 23 times each until Tsonga broke Raonic in the 48th game of the third to win the match 6-3, 3-6, 25-23. The match, at 66 games long set a record for the longest three-set match in Olympic history. The third set, at 48 games is also the longest-ever set at the Olympics.

The previous records for the most games in a 3-set match (63) and longest set (38 games) were both set at 1988 Seoul in a first round doubles match, in which Carling Bassett-Seguso/Jill Hetherington (CAN) defeated Mercedes Paz/Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) 7-6, 5-7, 20-18.

The previous record in men’s singles event set in 2004 in the bronze medal when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent in the third set, 16-14.

“He served unbelievable, it’s really difficult. But I was strong tonight and I am really happy to go through,” Tsonga said after the match.

Milos Raonic

“I’m on the wrong part of Olympic history. It’s nice to be somewhere but hopefully I can change that and put my name on the right part,” said Raonic.

“I felt like I played really well for most of the match and I just let it slip away from me at the end.”

“This is the only way for me to write my name in history at the moment,” Tsonga said in reference to the domination of the top three men in the world at major tournaments.

“(The record) It’s good for tennis and it’s good for sports.”

“(The win was) good for my confidence, but not really good for my body,” he said.

Tsonga will next face Feliciano Lopez for a place in the quarterfinals.