The 2012 London Olympics tennis tournament took place at Wimbledon, just a couple of weeks after the third Major of the season on the same courts. The All England Club welcomed the best players in the world (Rafael Nadal was not there due to injury), with Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic as the main favorites.
Federer and Murray played in the Wimbledon final, and also reached the semi-finals at the Olympics, along with Novak Djokovic and Juan Martín Del Potro. Murray and Djokovic set up the semi-final match, 14th on the Tour.
Carried away by the local crowd, Andy beat Novak 7-5, 7-5 in two hours, beating the Serb for the sixth time and advancing to the gold medal clash. The Brit won ten more points and delivered more effective tennis in the decisive moments to seal the deal in straight sets and reach the second Wimbledon final in a month.
Murray fended off all four break opportunities and seized two return games to dominate Novak's stamina and emerge on top. They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, with Murray forging the essential advantage in the forced errors department, where he outpointed Djokovic.
Andy had the advantage in the shorter and more advanced rallies and kept his focus when he mattered most to keep dreaming of the gold medal. Djokovic faced two break point opportunities in the second game and repelled both with winners to avoid an early setback.
The Brit had to work hard at 3-3, surviving four twos and taking the game home when the Serb sprayed a backhand error. Murray held up with a booming serve at 5-5 and laid a forehand cross winner in the next to take the set before a tiebreaker and give the crowd something to cheer on.
Djokovic blew a break opportunity early in the second set and missed a backhand to hand the game over to Murray. Serving 1-1, the Briton saved a break opportunity with a winning shot and closed the game with an unreturned serve to stay in front.
Both players served well in the next five games to stay even at 4-4. Novak earned three consecutive points on the return in the ninth game to earn a break opportunity, denied by the winner of Andy's serve. The Serbian was a better player in those moments, and he made one last push before the tie break after winning the fourth and last break chance at 5-5.
Murray saved him with a powerful forehand and forced Djokovic's error to open a 6-5 gap and secure strong momentum. Novak broke under pressure while serving to stay in the game and lost his serve to propel Andy to the finish line.
Corretja talks about Novak Djokovic
Recently, in an interview, the two-time French Open finalist, Alex Corretja, talked about Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning the US Open after an emotionally draining two weeks at the Olympics.
Corretja, former World No.2, feels Djokovic needs to recover fully before the start of the US Open and believes his mental toughness would help him in getting back stronger. “Now he needs to rest and recover because it has been a blow.
New York is one month away and we will see if he plays any tournaments, but he has shown that mentally he is a rock,” said Corretja. “The motivation to place the 21st in his record in September is going to be so great that it will make a clean slate. Djokovic is going to continue winning Grand Slams because it is an out of series,” said Corretja.