Andy Murray stunned audiences when he defeated Novak Djokovic at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but he shocked the world when he dominated Roger Federer making up for losing to him just one month ago.
Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer at the 2012 London Olympic Games in just under 2 hours with 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Murray had taken a beating from the Swiss player at Wimdledon just a month ago in four sets (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4). The shock wasn’t that he won since the man is a great tennis play, but how he dominated the game with the worlds number one ranked player. It was most surprising to see Federer seem to be so taken off guard with his opponent’s strong return to his dominating serves.
Not taking anything away from Murray, but he defeated the ultimately somebody, the balletic Swiss star, the No. 1 player in the world, a 17-time Grand Slam champion. This is a win that he can be very proud of since he readily earned it. It wasn’t given to him, he was forced to earn it and with that the respect that goes with it.
Ivan Lendl has been a great coach as he’s instructed Murray to be a more aggressive player, and that has served him well in defeating the strong Djokovic and Federer back to back.
Federer began to have the same look of disbelief wash over his face that he’s put on many of his opponent’s, and he was struck helpless against the Murray onslaught. It was thought the Swiss phenom would acquire the final medal missing in his collection, ‘The Golden Slam’; a combination of winning all four of the major competitions as well as a gold medal.
Murray has appeared in four Grand Slam title matches and until today was beaten by Federer each time. I think the US Open will be ever more exciting than usual as Djokovic and Federer will be back with a vengeance to reclaim their loses to Murray, who appears to have hit his stride in the world of tennis and is showing everyone he’s here to stay.