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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 | 03:58 PM
Good luck Roger.
You can take the gold medal.
Also good luck in the doubles with Stan!

We believe in you.
07/28/2012 | 02:39 PM
Roger, I am confident that you will get that singles gold. Grass is your surface! Good luck and stay healthy.
07/28/2012 | 02:26 PM
Have a good match against Falla today!
07/28/2012 | 01:37 PM
Dear Roger
I hope you win gold in your singles and also in the doubles wkith Stanis, he looked very happy and proud yesteday evening with the swiss flag.
So i wisch you and Stan the best of luck in your matches
You now your my 1 and only number 1 for ever

Love to see you play
07/28/2012 | 01:31 PM
Dearest Rog, all the very very best to you in your first match. We're all there cheering you on as ever. Love to you as always, xxxxxxx
07/28/2012 | 01:20 PM
You are the best, you are the best...oh yes you are the best!!
Good luck!
07/28/2012 | 01:13 PM
Take care and good luck, Roger, when you play against Falla today.

We all want you to win!
07/28/2012 | 12:35 PM
Come on, my dear!!!
Good Luck!
07/28/2012 | 12:11 PM
TMF, all the best of luck for today against Falla - don't forget it's a BO3 not BO5 match!!!! Stan looked very proud to carry the Swiss flag last night, hope you got plenty of rest! Lots of love as always to you, your family and team. Will be cheering you on as ever. GO ROGER - GO SWITZERLAND!!!
07/28/2012 | 11:59 AM
Dear Roger

I look forward to watching some fantastic tennis during the Olympics. You're going to be busy defending your doubles title and then, winning the gold in the singles match. I'm being very optimistic, I know, but I have faith in you and your ability to achieve the highest.

All the best, Roger. I'll be rooting for you!