FEDERER v MURRAY – Sets 0-3 Murray wins Gold
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4-6 MURRAY WINS OLYMPIC GOLD!! Emphatic victory for Andy Murray to take Men’s Olympic Gold in London 2012. Roger Federer takes Silver, and Juan Martin Del Potro clinched the Bronze a short while ago. Full match report here.
4-5 Federer returns the favour then holding to love. But Murray now has the chance to serve out for Gold. Not many times that happens in a lifetime…
3-5 Murray still bossing things from the baseline, and as a result he holds comfortably again with a love game finished off with an easy forhand volley
3-4 0-30 start in this game for Federer, then he goes long for 15-40. Forehand winner follows from Federer, and Murray goes long for deuce. But the Swiss holds out to hold – big pressure on him there
2-4 And he consolidates the break with an emphatic hold to love
2-3 BREAK MURRAY! Great wide backhand from Murray forces Federer to net at 15-40 forcing the first break of the third set
2-2 Roger is going to need to threaten Murray’s serve more than he is at the moment if he’s to get back into this match. Another love service game passes him by
2-1 Murray managed to make more of an impact on Federer’s serve here, but the Swiss takes it to 30 to keep it on serve in the third
1-1 But an emphatic reply from the Briton there with his own hold to love for 1-1
1-0 The world number one needed to make some kind of statement here to keep himself in contention, and he does that with a comfortable hold to love including two aces. That’s his smoothest game for what seems like an eternity
1-6 0-30 start and then 30-40 holes for Murray on his serve here. But Federer goes long on a return on Murray’s second serve to bring it to deuce, in a shot that he would find the baseline with 95% of the time. This is closely followed by an untimely slip by Federer which brings up set point. Federer goes long again. Second set Murray.
1-5 Fed off the mark for his first game in the last 11 as he holds serve to 15
0-5 There’s something in the water for Team GB this weekend. Murray holds again for a 5-0 lead in this second set. Pity it’s not a best of three, but regardless, the Scot has all the momentum at the moment
0-4 Federer still not looking at all assured on his serve, by his or anyone’s standards. He held off one break point with an un-returnable serve, but he went long with a careless backhand on the following point and follows it up with another loose one. 0-4 here with two breaks. It’s looking like a two set lead for Murray
0-3 Great hold after a gruelling service game for Murray there. Vitally important hold there to build on the break. 7th game in a row for the Scot now
0-2 And now he has fully grasped this match by the scruff of the neck by breaking a slightly out of sorts Federer
0-1 Murray holds serve to retain the momentum from the first set
2-6 Set Murray. Sorry for the delay, a few technical difficulties this end
2-4 0-30 start for Federer in this game, and it could have been worse had Murray not netted an unforced error. A deuce exchange follows, and Murray is able to break with a nice backhand. First blood to the Briton
2-3 Slightly sticky start at 15-30 there for Murray but he holds to 30
2-2 Some good controlled agression from Murray in this one as he forces his first break point at 30-40, but Fed aces to take it to deuce. Murray nets and then Fed serves out wide which Murray can’t return to take the game
1-2 Much more like it from Murray, winning his second service game to 15
1-1 Comfortable hold from Federer in his first service game as he takes it to love
0-1 Murray did well to hold there from a 15-40 start
The players are out on court. It’s 18 degrees out there on court, so nice conditions (for the players at least).
Anyone got any preictions they want to share in the comments field below? I think it will go the distance (remember, the Gold medal game is a best of five), but I predict that Federer picks up the one major medal that has eluded him so far.
The roof is coming off and the ballboys and girls are out on court. The music is playing (I still can’t get fully used to that at Wimbledon, but it’s great!).
Live commentary will commence here at 2pm London time, or as soon as the players enter the center court of the All England Club at Wimbledon.
World no.1 Roger Federer will face Brit Andy Murray in a battle that will decide who is going to take the gold medal from this year’s Olympic Games in London.
This will also be a re-match of their 2012 Wimbledon final, where the Swiss maestro prevailed in four sets, despite Murray coming so close to take a two sets lead just before the roof over the center court was closed due to rain.
The Olympic singles gold is the only thing that is missing from Federer’s countless collection of trophies, and it would be the perfect birhtday present for him (he will be turning 31 in just three days). Only one man can stop him from making this dream come true: Andy Murray, who has proved that he can beat the big guys when it comes to the final stages of a major event. Ousting Serbian Djokovic in yesterday’s semis, he gave himself a huge confidence boost before today’s showdown. Federer has earned himself a final spot after defeating Argentine Del Potro in the longest tennis match in Olympic history, winning 19-17 in the third set.
Today’s final will be best of 5 sets, which could favour the Swiss slightly more. However, Murray seems to be ready for revenge and the crowd will certainly give him all the support he needs in order to prevail and take the gold.
Federer – Murray Head to Head stands at 8-8