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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 | 07:13 AM
All the best against Falla Roger, I´ll be rooting for you!
07/28/2012 | 06:47 AM
A decent draw in both singles and doubles. It should be an interesting race for the singles gold medal. You are the favorite.
Good Luck :)
07/28/2012 | 06:21 AM
Dear Roger,

We wish you all the best of everything in this tournament!!! I hope you win GOLD in both doubles and singles.

Your best fans in Canada
07/28/2012 | 05:53 AM
Roger, I don't understand 'doubles', but I believe that the draw is 'really' favorable to you!!!.. We know that the 'gold' is one of your dreams, so GO FOR IT!!!
Love, Adriana
07/28/2012 | 05:02 AM
Let's Go, Fed !! Just a dream away....embrace it and don't give in to anyone !
07/28/2012 | 04:35 AM
Roger, good luck against Falla. I hope you will finally win an olympic gold medal in singles.
07/28/2012 | 03:51 AM
I'm rooting for you my heart always.

Good Luck Roger !!!
07/28/2012 | 03:42 AM
Allezzzzzzz Roger et Fedrinka!
Go get the Gold again.
You can!
BELIEVE! On y croit! :)
07/28/2012 | 03:41 AM
1-Hello Roger! How are you? Have a wonderful Olympic Games 2012!!!...

The opening ceremony was nice only the most beautiful thing was missing: YOU! I missed you! I was sad about it. But your actions are so noble. And by seeing Stan so happy and excited I understood and was very happy for him. Also it was great to see Seve smiling! Once a year! ;) Your box needs to cheer up! ;)
07/28/2012 | 03:41 AM
2-My love I've missed you in general. So happy you are playing tomorrow! Have the time of your life, be happy enjoy every moment incorporate the chaos of the event and just flow. Use everything to your favor, recycle. Everything will be just fine. Stay calm.