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Notes and Quotes: Murray wins singles gold over Federer

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST, 2012

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

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

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.”

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2012 Olympic Tennis Event results – Sunday, August 5

MEN’S SINGLES GOLD MEDAL MATCH

 

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) d. (1) Roger Federer (SUI) 62 61 64

 

MEN’S SINGLES BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

 

(8) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 75 64

 

WOMEN’S DOUBLES GOLD MEDAL MATCH

 

Serena Williams / Venus Williams (USA) d. (4) Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 64

 

WOMEN’S DOUBLES BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

 

(3) Maria Kirilenko / Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (1) Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond (USA) 46 64 61

 

MIXED DOUBLES GOLD MEDAL MATCH

 

(1) Victoria Azarenka / Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Laura Robson / Andy Murray (GBR) 26 63 [10-8]

 

MIXED DOUBLES BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

 

(3) Lisa Raymond / Mike Bryan (USA) d. Sabine Lisicki / Christopher Kas (GER)  63 46 [10-4]

 

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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.

 

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Olympic Tennis Event – Saturday, August 4th Results

WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL

(4)  Serena Williams (USA) d. (3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 60 61

 

WOMEN’S SINGLES BRONZE MEDAL PLAY-OFF

(1)  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (14) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 64

 

MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL

(1) Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d. (2) Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 64 76(2)

 

MEN’S DOUBLES BRONZE MEDAL PLAY-OFF

Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. David Ferrer/Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 62

 

WOMEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS

Serena Williams/Venus Williams d. (3) Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova (RUS) 75 64

 

MIXED DOUBLES QUARTERFINALS

(1) Victoria Azarenka/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Sania Mirza/Leander Paes (IND) 75 76(5)

Laura Robson/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Samantha Stosur/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 63 36 [10-8]

 

MIXED DOUBLES SEMIFINALS

(1) Victoria Azarenka/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. (3) Lisa Raymond/Mike Bryan (USA) 36 64 [10-7]

Laura Robson/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Sabine Lisicki/Christopher Kas (GER) 61 67(7) [10-7]

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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.

 

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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.

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Olympic Tennis Results for August 3, 2012

MEN’S SINGLES SEMINFINALS

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) d. (8) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 36 76(5) 1917

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) d. (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 75 75

 

WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS

(4) Serena Williams (USA) d. (1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 61 62

(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (14) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 63

 

MEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS

 

(1) Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan (USA) d. Julien Benneteau / Richard Gasquet (FRA) 64 64

(2) Michael Llodra / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. David Ferrer / Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 63 46 1816

 

WOMEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS

 

(4) Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (1) Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond (USA) 61 76(2)

(3) Maria Kirilenko / Nadia Petrova (RUS) vs Serena Williams / Venus Williams (USA) postponed

 

MIXED DOUBLES QUARTERFINALS

 

(1) Victoria Azarenka / Max Mirnyi (BLR) lead Sania Mirza / Leander Paes (IND) 75 32 suspended

(3) Lisa Raymond / Mike Bryan (USA) d. Gisela Dulko / Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 62 75

Laura Robson / Andy Murray (GBR) vs Samantha Stosur / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) postponed

Sabine Lisicki / Christopher Kas (GER) d. Roberta Vinci / Daniele Bracciali (ITA) 46 76(2) [10-7]

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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, 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.

 

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Serena Williams Demolishes Azarenka to Gain Olympic Final Against Sharapova

Serena Williams will play Maria Sharapova for the Olympic gold medal on Saturday as both women put in dominating performances against their opponents in their respective semifinals on Friday at Wimbledon. The winner of the match will have a career “golden slam” – winning all four tennis majors plus an Olympic gold medal.

Williams completely dominated No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2 on Centre Court and the statistics showed it. Williams hit 33 winners which included 16 aces and 16 more winners, with five unforced errors.

“I really look forward to playing Maria. I haven’t played her in a while,” Williams said. “We always have good matches. She has improved so much. It will be interesting. She’s ranked higher than I am so, again, I have nothing to lose.”

Sharapova took out fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3. Sharapova hit 35 winners to Kirilenko’s 5.

“Obviously it’s tough to play a Russian on the other side of the net, but I’m happy that one of us can go for gold,” Sharapova said. “I knew this was going to be a really tough match. My previous meeting against Maria was really tough …she had so many chances to win that match. And she has been having such a great grass court season, getting to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

Should Sharapova win the gold medal, she’s move into the No. 1 spot.

Williams holds 14 major Championships to Sharapova’s four. Williams has two doubles gold medals from the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, but no singles medals. This is Sharapova’s first Olympic games.

Kirilenko will play Azarenka for the bronze medal.

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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.

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