After a year filled with near misses, Andy Murray (GBR) finally won his first major title of the year, defeating world number one Roger Federer (SUI) in straight sets (6-2 6-1 6-4) to claim the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Representing “Great Britain” as dictated by the Olympic protocol, Murray was almost flawless in the match, not giving Federer any opportunity to get back into the contest. With the form that he is in, it seems highly likely that we will be seeing Murray lift a Grand Slam title in the near future. Elsewhere, del Potro (ARG) outlasted Djokovic (SRB) 7-5 6-4 to claim bronze while Nadal had bowed out of the tournament due to an injury.
The men’s doubles tournament featured two Indian teams, both of which succumbed in the 2nd round to eventual medalists. The final featured the dominant Bryan brothers (USA) facing off against surprise finalists Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) and Michael Llodra (FRA). The Bryan brothers were able to secure the medal after a hard fought 6-4 7-6(2) win. Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet claimed the bronze after beating Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez 7-6(4) 6-2.
Serena Williams (USA) claimed the gold medal in the women’s singles competition at the games, destroying Sharapova (RUS) 6-0 6-1 in the final. Serena was in a league of her own; not dropping a single set during the the tournament. Her gold medal puts her on par with sister Venus, who claimed the Olympic singles title back in 2000. Elsewhere Victoria Azarenka (BLR) made quick work of the bronze medal match, beating Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 6-3 6-4. Williams joined forces with her sister for the women’s doubles tournament, the duo winning their 3rd Olympic doubles gold medal.
Mirza and Paes (IND) were unlucky in their draw, having to face eventual champions Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi (BLR) in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles tournament. Andy Murray capped off a very successful campaign these Olympics by gaining a silver medal in mixed doubles, being paired with compatriot Laura Robson.
The next major tennis tournament on the agenda is the Rogers Cup (ATP 1000), which will unfortunately be without several big names due to its proximity with the Olympic Games.