Federer came up short in completing his goal of winning a gold medal in singles at the Olympics losing to Andy Murray 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the final. He felt that he won the silver medal. If Federer had won the match against Murray he would have won the Golden Slam; winning all four majors and the gold medal at the Olympics. There have only been two men to win the Golden Slam since tennis was reinstated as an Olympic sport Andrea Agassi and Rafael Nadal.
Federer said during a post match interview reflected on his tournament, “I think this as a good as I could during these championships. Andy was much better than I was in many aspects of the game. For me, it’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No.1 again, and I got silver. Don’t feel too bad for me. I am very, very proud honestly to have won silver.”
On Friday during the semifinals, Federer clinched Switzerland’s first medal of the Olympics when he defeated Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 3-6, 7-6(5), 19-17 to advance to the gold medal match. The match lasted four hours and 26 minutes, and it was the longest match in Olympic tennis history. Both players were drained physically and mentally after the match, especially for a three set match.
It was evident quite early in the match with Murray, that Federer was tired from his epic semifinal match with Del Potro. Federer explained the emotions of narrowly escaping the first round and his semifinal match may have gotten the better of him in the final. “Maybe there was so much emotion already out of me that potentially it kind of hindered me from play my absolute very best.”
Federer was appearing in the singles tournament of the Olympics for the fourth time. In 2008, he won gold in doubles with his friend Stanislas Wawrinka. However, as stated earlier this was the first Federer had guaranteed himself a medal in the Olympics. Federer did not throw away the notion of trying to complete the Golden Slam at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I hope I can play in the 2016 Olympics. I said it before the tournament that it’s not impossible that I could take part in Rio. It’s not front and centre in my mind. But of course, I’d love an Olympic Gold in singles. But I am very happy with Olympic silver in singles, and I already have the gold from Beijing.”
Juan Martin Del Potro after an emotional loss to Federer on Friday bounced back nicely in the Bronze Medal Match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Del Potro defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to capture the bronze medal for Argentina. Del Potro broke down in tears like he did after his loss to Federer, but this time these were tears of joy.
Del Potro is finally back to the level that brought him to the US Open title in 2009 before his devastating wrist injury. Del Potro is hitting the ball hard off of both wings and gave Roger Federer all he could in their semifinal clash. Del Potro is the only man in the last 29 out of 30 majors to win a major in the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic era.
In other tennis results, the Williams sisters made history winning three straight gold medals in doubles at the Olympics by defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. Serena Williams joined her sister Venus by winning the singles gold of the women’s tournament in dominating fashion. Serena only 17 games over six matches defeating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday.
By winning the gold medal in singles Serena completed the career Golden Slam. She joined Steffi Graf as the only two women to have accomplished this feat. Mike and Bob Bryan won the doubles gold medal as they defeated Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Michael Llodra of France 6-4, 7-6(2). They achieved the Golden Slam — winning all four majors and the Olympics — hours after their teammate Serena Williams did the same thing.
Andy Murray settled for silver in mixed doubles with teammate Laura Robson as they lost to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8).