Greg Rusedski blog: London tennis was best in Olympic history

December 21, 2012

This year’s Olympic tennis was, in my opinion, the most prestigious in history due to the fact that it was being held at the home of tennis, Wimbledon.

Roger Federer had made it his goal to try to win Olympic gold in singles for the first time, one of the very few things he hasn’t achieved in his career.

Andy Murray on the other hand, was trying to win gold on home soil after a painful loss to Federer in the Wimbledon finals.

The world number 1 Novak Djokovic was also desperate for gold. The only disappointment on the men’s side was the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, who did not play due to injury and then subsequently also missed the rest of the season.

Federer got off to a nervy start at the Olympics. It was the only time Roger did not have that normal calmness. The semi-final line up was Novak Djokovic versus Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro versus Roger Federer.

Murray was very solid beating Djokovic in two tight sets, while Federer won in the longest three set match in tennis history. This did not give Federer much time to recover and he ended up losing the gold medal match, which is out of five sets, to Murray in three straight sets.

It looks like Roger will never win Olympic gold in singles but he was very sporting in defeat.

For Murray this was the big breakthrough in his career, beating the world number 1 and number 2 back-to-back to win Olympic gold, and was the catalyst to him winning the US Open a month later.

It will go down as one of the greatest Olympic performances from a British man. Andy Murray was not finished there. He went on to partner Laura Robson in the mixed doubles, losing only the gold medal match against Mryni and Azarenka.

Winning two medals, one gold and one silver, was a great achievement for Andy. For Laura Robson this gave her confidence to have a great run at the US Open, where she beat two top 10 players, marking her big breakthrough on the tour.

The ladies event was all about Serena Williams, who dominated to win gold in singles and doubles with her sister Venus. Next year, if Serena plays a full calendar, I’m certain she will regain her number 1 status.

In the men’s doubles, the number 1 partnership in the world, the Bryan brothers, won the gold, which meant that the USA topped the Olympic medal table in tennis with three golds.

2012 was probably the most memorable Olympic tennis event in history and will be very difficult to top.

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