Roger Federer will be facing Andy Murray at the 2012 London Olympics Games at Wimbledon after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro. The big shocker was Murray aggressively going after Novak Djokovic and beating him for the first time. Plenty of images from both games to check out below.
Andy Murray is a great tennis player, but many were expecting the 2012 London Olympic Games to come down to Novak Djokovic facing off against Roger Federer. Murray, who’s never defeated the Serbian player changed all that on Day 8 after a brilliant 7-5 7-5 match. The 25-year-old player will now earn at least a silver medal and will now have the chance to make it gold in a repeat of last month’s Wimbledon final. Murray was very impressive in yesterday’s victory over Nicolas Almagro, and he’s obviously riding that momentum now that he’s taken Djokovic out of the running and will face off against the mighty Roger Federer. This is why this year’s Olympics have gotten NBC some of their best ratings; things are changing on a dime, and expectations are thrown out the windows as people like Michael Phelps are showing their back to keep breaking history while Ryan Lochte had a quick beginning, but that seems to be dimming some now.
Now, Federer is just one more victory game away from earning his first single’s gold medal, but he’s got one more obstacle to overcome. The quickly building momentum of Andy Murray will be a game to watch. Like Murray, Federer is guaranteed to earn at least a silver medal, and this final battle of the titans will determine who gets the gold. The 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 19-17 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro lasted nearly four and a half hours which surpasses Rafael Nadal’s victory over Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Masters in 2009 as the longest three-set men’s singles match in the Open era.
Juan Martin Del Potro is one of the few men not to care for grass play as he’s lost five times to Federer already on that landscape. Del Potro really gave it his all, but after such a long time, it finally came to a halt for him, and now he’s left to recover earning his bronze medal.
As you can see in the photo montage below, Del Ponto worked hard to defeat the Federer phenom, but you can see the various stages he went through on the journey to beat the Swiss man. It was an amazing match to behold and if you’ve not watched it, check it out now!