Friday, August 3, 2012

Olympics Tennis - 8/3/2012

While many of my fellow Americans are oohing and aahing (deservedly so, I might add) over the performances in the swimming and gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympics, something pretty special is going on over at that place where they hold the Wimbledon Championships every summer.

In case you missed it, Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in a semi-final match today.  No real news there.  Right?  Except for the fact it was the longest three set match in Olympics history with Fed coming out on top 19-17 in the third.

As stated in another post on this blog, I'm a Fed fan.  But I'm a tennis fan first.  And this was one great tennis match.  If you don't feel for Del Potro, well, you may not have feelings.  Great resolved shown by both men. After Federer broke Del Potro in the 19th game of the third set to go up 10-9, it had the feeling of being over.  The great Federer serving for the match?  But Del Potro broke back at love to even the set at 10 all.

This sets up a rematch of the Wimbledon final as Federer will meet Andy Murray who defeated Novak Djokovic in the other semi.

For the Americans, Serena Williams breezed into the final to meet Maria Sharapova.  Serena has been in the same form that saw her easily capture the Wimbledon title in July.  When she is in that kind of form, she's virtually unstoppable.

One thing is now certain:  at least one player will complete the career Golden Slam.  Maybe two.  Both Serena and Sharapova only need an Olympic gold medal to complete this feat.  One will get it.  Same with Federer.  Don't miss seeing history in the making.

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