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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 | 07:38 PM
Y ahora a ganar en dobles con Stan, que va ajugar 2 partidos en 1 día. Exitos para Uds. el 29 de Julio y como dice HANUKA62, trata de concentrarte mas, sabes lo fuerte que es Benneteau. Confío en tu triunfo una vez más sobre el; pero ahora desde el primer set. Con mucho cariño desde Perú, hoy es día de nuestra Independencia!!!!

Descansa y confia en tí. Creo que fue el Debut .... Falla fue buen oponente. Fue un buen partido... y demostraste porque te queremos tanto: PORQUE ERES EL MEJO
07/28/2012 | 07:38 PM
Congratulations, Rog, for winning your first match. Falla is dangerous. He eliminated Roddick at Wimbledon. The important thing is, you regrouped and beat him. Good luck on your next matches, both doubles and singles. Stan looked so proud carrying the flag last night. Now, I usually ignore "pretenders" in this site putting you down. We true fans already know who they are. I think these people just want their moment of fame by attracting attention to themselves; pathetic, really.
07/28/2012 | 07:32 PM
You are the GOLD
07/28/2012 | 07:30 PM
gold medal IS for you
07/28/2012 | 07:23 PM

Sabía que ibas a ganar de todas manera ese partido. Se que esta vez no vas a dejar escapar estas grandes oportunidades. Aquí todos son fuertes, no hay rival débil, es la olimpiada y se gana por 2 sets y tu tienes mucha experiencia, los MASTER MIL SON ASI y has ganado muchos. Estoy feliz, de que sigas avanzando y ganes cada los partidos que vas a enfrentar. Vamos Roger tu puedes y hoy demostraste que eres el mejor, el NRO.1. Estoy contigo siempre, pero por favor, no nos hagas sufr
07/28/2012 | 07:19 PM
Well done Rotsch, but you should play much more concentrated if you don't want to have problemas against Benneteau on monday
Love you anyway
07/28/2012 | 07:17 PM
Having to play a third set will have you build your stamina, physically and mentally, towards winning other matches and at the final.
07/28/2012 | 07:17 PM
GO RO!!!! First step done!!!
My best wishes for the match against Benneteau!!!
And for doubles tomorrow!!!!! Go Ro!!!!! Gooooooo!!!
07/28/2012 | 07:16 PM
It's never easy to beat another inspired opponent especially if you take into account that all these players are not bad tennis players, on the contrary, they are good and that’s the reason that they are highly ranked.. (the top 100 tennis players in the world..). Please explain this to me as I don’t understand..
07/28/2012 | 07:15 PM
BOTING, I am trying to understand why you always try to downgrade a Roger's victory and question his superiority over other tennis players. Let's assume that Roger lost today's match. What would this mean to you? That Falla instantly deserves to climb to no 1 ranking and take the place of Roger? Roger has been so consistent the last 10 years by sitting at the top 3 rankings, so what exactly are you trying to get across?
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