Novak Djokovic was the firm favourite going into this Olympic match-up with Andy Roddick, and under the roof on Centre Court he gave the three time Wimbledon finalist a lesson in tennis-playing brilliance.
In a match that pitted a former world no.1 against the current world no.2, there was always going to be a certain degree of mutual respect between the two players. As such, the first five games of the match-up went with serve. It was then that Djokovic made his move and rushed to break point. A wide pass from Roddick and the American’s serve was broken.
From here on it was one way traffic. Djokovic held the next game to love and broke again to claim the first set 6-2.
His momentum seemingly unabated, Djokovic roared out of the blocks in the second set, holding twice and breaking again to leave Roddick in serious trouble, 3-0 down in the second.
Roddick was watching his Olympic hopes drift away in the artificially regulated air beneath the roof on Centre Court, but rallied briefly with some great serving, finally taking a game off the imperious Djokovic. The crowd began to encourage Roddick, evidently under the impression that Djokovic might be sporting enough to allow the game to enter a third set.
That was not to be; some excellent serving in the next game denied Roddick any hope of breaking the Serbian, while unforced errors at critical times were really beginning to take their toll on the American.
A flurry of resistance in the final game saw Roddick save a match point and force deuce with the crowd behind him willing him on. Unfortunately for Roddick, Djokovic decided that his 12 aces for the match were not enough, promptly adding two more to his tally and closing out the match, 6-2 6-1.