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Olympics: the draw

27.07.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger has returned to Wimbledon a few weeks after winning his seventh title to now start his quest for one major title missing in his collection: an Olympic gold medal in singles.

The draw was held yesterday, with Roger leading the top half. Rafael Nadal's absence and the fact that Andy Murray as well as Novak Djokovic are situated in the bottom half of the draw, is certainly a major advantage. Roger will open the tournament against Alejandro Falla (ATP 51) who almost eliminated our champ in the first round at Wimbledon two years ago. He could then meet Julien Benneteau (ATP 32) or Mikhail Youzhny (ATP 29) in round two - Roger defeated both players in Wimbledon this year on the way to his seventh title. Fernando Verdasco (ATP 16) is a possible opponent in round three, before our number one could play his quarter-final against John Isner (ATP 11), Janko Tsiparevic (ATP 8) or David Nalbandian (ATP 39). The semis could bring a clash with David Ferrer (ATP 5).

The format of the Olympic tennis tournament, starting this Saturday, is slightly different from what the ATP pros are used to. The first five rounds (up to the semis) are played best two-of-three sets, followed by a best three-of-five final. 

In the doubles - Roger will of course be defending his title together with Stanislas Wawrinka - the Swiss will meet the Japanese team Kei Nishikori/Go in the opening round. They would then either face a Spanish team with Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez or an Israeli one with Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram in the next round. Should they make it through, their most likely opponents in the quarter-finals are the American brothers Bob und Mike Bryan.

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07/28/2012 | 08:29 PM
Congratulations, Roger, very exciting match and Alejandro played so well too - comms called it best match of day so far. Good luck against Julien I assume on Monday, and good luck tomorrow with Stan in the doubles. Much love!!!
07/28/2012 | 08:27 PM
CONGRATULATION ROGER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/28/2012 | 08:23 PM
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Winning Wimby, getting back YOUR #1, and surpassing pistol Pete on the most # of weeks at the top: all amazing feat; not to mention at nearly 31. Saw your 1st round match at the Olympics. Falla is a tricky opponent for anyone; I am glad you prevailed. How you played in this round has no relation to how you will in the next round against another tough opponent JB. I am confident you and your team will prepare better for that. Good luck for a successful Olympics!
07/28/2012 | 08:17 PM
It looks very good!!! Good luck in all matches!!! GOO ROGER!!! GOO!!!
07/28/2012 | 07:55 PM
Well Done Roger,keep up the good work great match.On to the next good luck as always.Olympic gold medal i hope is waiting for you.Love from me and all your fans in Liverpool.xxxxxxxxxxxxx
07/28/2012 | 07:47 PM
Guys, don't take in considerations the comments of Boting, he loves to stay on Federer site when he is danger, regarding the match, I think there are slow conditions and Federer's game was good because Falla played good also. IMO, Federer is much better than any other player and, sometimes, he loses focus.
07/28/2012 | 07:44 PM
Thank You God and Thank You Roger!
Congratulations. Rog You have Lion Heart
It was a firs match on OI. So go on Champ, it will be much better!
Love You!
Go Go Champ!
07/28/2012 | 07:40 PM
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07/28/2012 | 07:39 PM
BOTING, if you still want to watch Roger playing in live transmission I suggest that you take some tablets for nerves before the match. I don't want to take the tablets, so I will watch it in repetition :)
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