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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 | 11:52 AM
Dear Roger
I wish you all the best and good luck!
Go, Roger, gooooooooooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
07/28/2012 | 11:41 AM
Good luck to Alejandro!Come on Maestro!GOD BE WITH YOU!
07/28/2012 | 11:38 AM
Good Luck at the London Olympics and enjoy. We have confidence in you, believe in yourself that you can win back-to-back titles at Wimbledon. Go for it. Forever our No. 1. God Bless you.
07/28/2012 | 11:20 AM
Enjoy all moments :-)
07/28/2012 | 11:18 AM
GO GO CHAMP!
07/28/2012 | 10:44 AM
Hello Roger,

Wishing you all the very best for your first match today and for the whole tournament. It will be very strange to watch all those colored outfits at Wimbledon. Good luck for you and Stan in the doubles later this week as well!

Joke
07/28/2012 | 10:07 AM
if someone had sent the draw to this site and let us fill it out we could not have done a better job. we know it is not fixed or they would have done andy better. so hopefully the path is as easy as it looks. hoping benneteau was just a blip and not a "rosol", same goes for falla. an easy draw doesn't always mean wins but we just hope this one does. olympics are hit and miss. massu and rosset have gold. sampras does not. serena doubles gold like you no single. hope zeus smiles on you. BIG HUG!!!
07/28/2012 | 09:52 AM
I waited 4 hours to watch the opening ceremony . As you are not the flag bearer , I could not see a shot of you. All the best for your gold
07/28/2012 | 09:20 AM
Welcome back O GREAT ONE go for gold you can do it especially if you played like you did at Slam 17.
07/28/2012 | 08:49 AM
Please take care of your physical condition, and get the chance for the win.
Go. Go, Roger. Go to win.
Good luck!