Neither Federer nor Wawrinka, the sixth seeds at these Olympics, are known as doubles players, but they came through the draw in Beijing to lift the gold medals; and did everything possible to retain their title. Ram and Erlich are a dedicated doubles team of many year’s standing, having had much success in the past, including being grand slam champions at the Australian Open in 2008.
Federer and Wawrinka made a sterling start, taking the first set 6-1. The second set went to the wire, with the Israelis winning the tie break 7-5. In the final set, the Israeli pair went 4-1 up, before the Swiss players pulled back to 2-4, when the Israelis held their service game for a 5-2 lead. The Swiss then held their serve to go 3-5, but the Israeli pair held their nerve to take the set 6-3.
On Court 16 the fascinating tussle between Berdych and Stepanek of the Czech Republic (seeded 5) against Melo and Soares of Brazil which was suspended late yesterday at 18 all in the final set, resumed after a rain stoppage today and was finally completed, with the Brazilians coming out on top 1-6 6-4 24-22 in well over four hours, to make it into the third round.