Roger Federer moved forward on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games and was rooting on friend and foe Andy Murray on Day 2 which had quite the severe hailstorm disrupt the games for him, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova. Latest images are below.
The date was exactly three weeks since Andy Murray lost out to Roger Federer during the Wimbledon final, and the world’s number one tennis player was in Wawrinka’s box to support his countryman, who is both a friend and a familiar foe of Murray. The two practiced together just last week for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The severe weather forced play to be inside as the Centre Court was closed. Olympic tennis has not been played indoors since Stockholm 1912, but Murray and Maria Sharapova shrugged off the chaos as both enjoyed the first Olympic wins of their careers. Murray’s victory healed the wounds he received on Centre Court since crying tears of frustration after his Wimbledon defeat against Roger Federer exactly three weeks ago.
Murray admitted he had been keen not to repeat his first round exit in Beijing at the hands of Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun. “I was disappointed with the way I played in Beijing. I didn’t understand what the Olympics meant to me,” he said. “I know how much that loss hurt me and I wanted to come here as well prepared as I could be. Today was a good start.”
Novak Djokovic’s match didn’t start again until evening and he promptly lost the first two points and the set, but he began the second well and in the end the slippery conditions hampered Fabio Fognini more, with one heavy fall at the start of the third leaving the Italian struggling. Now he’ll either go up against Andy Roddick or Slovakia’s Martin Klizan.
Maria Sharapova regrettably missed Beijing 2008 after a shoulder injury wouldn’t allow her to participate, and the world number three was determined to make up for lost time as she reached the second round after losing two games. The 25-year-old, who carried her country’s flag at the Games’ spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic Park on Friday, will play Britain’s Laura Robson or Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic for a last 16 berth.