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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 | 06:15 PM
Phew Roger, glad that's over and you won! Falla is such a tough competitor, he reads your serve so well and is absolutely lion-hearted, couldn't have a worst 1st-round opponent. Well done and now it's deja vu No. 2 in the shape of Julien Benneteau!!!!!! Pity Mikhail couldn't see him off for you but hey. Well done, you must be very pleased you're through to 2nd Rnd, enjoy your dubs with Stan tomorrow, have a good rest and love you loads. PS You look soooo great in red.
07/28/2012 | 06:14 PM
Congratulations!
07/28/2012 | 06:12 PM
Good! You did. I felt relief first of all.
07/28/2012 | 06:12 PM
please do not put us under such pressure again
07/28/2012 | 06:11 PM
I was making the point tennis shouldnt be an olympic sport not about roger? God so many stupid people in the world
07/28/2012 | 06:11 PM
hihihihihhihi Roger can't fool me. I knew that it was going to be tough for him to win and that I must not watch this match because it is bad for my health. I was right ! And the same will be against Benneteau. Of course I will not watch it. Health is on the first place ! I don't know why is Roger doing this. It became very often. If he wins I will watch it on youtube. It is better. And I am also suggesting this to BOTING AND ROGFEDFAN because they are very nervous. Follow me ! hihihihihihhihihi
07/28/2012 | 06:09 PM
Phew - That was close! Congratulations lovely man!
07/28/2012 | 06:09 PM
Well darling Rogi,you know how to get our hearts beating in more ways than one. But you gave us another set of your beautiful tennis to watch. ~That Falla, he's a tough one but you're through and I'm sure this will stand you in very good stead. GO Roger, C'MON.....love you, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
07/28/2012 | 06:09 PM
It is a great win Federer san !!
Wow kudos to your opponent. Sometimes as a fan I am quilty of just want u to breeze throu every match. But really only under challenge that we can really see how good and wonderful u really are. Bravo maestro !!
07/28/2012 | 06:09 PM
It is a great win Federer san !!
Wow kudos to your opponent. Sometimes as a fan I am quilty of just want u to breeze throu every match. But really only under challenge that we can really see how good and wonderful u really are. Bravo maestro !!