World number four, Andy Murray advanced to the final of the Olympic tennis event after defeating world number two Novak Djokovic 75 75.
The Brit has guaranteed at least a silver medal for Great Britain and will play Roger Federer for the gold medal in the final on Sunday. Djokovic, who played with a lot of passion throughout the match, will play Juan Martin Del Potro on Sunday for the bronze medal and will hope to defend the medal he won in Beijing four years ago. Roger Federer is guaranteed the world number one spot going into the US Open warm events after Djokovic lost to Murray, though after pulling out of Toronto next week his lead wont be extreme regardless of the outcome on Sunday.
Andy started the match with two love holds of serve and conjured break points on Novak’s opening service game, both players were so solid on serve and return but in the twelfth game Murray led 6-5 and was able to apply scoreboard pressure along with some incredibly deep and powerful groundstrokes to break the Serb’s serve and take the first set. The second set showed a stronger, more aggressive Djokovic, ready to step in and take the ball early if its anything short of the baseline, he really did punish any lack of depth in the Brits shots but Andy fought harder and harder, grinding out some intense long rallies lasting twenty-five shots! Both players created little glimpses early on and later in the set Novak had multiple break points but couldn’t convert, so yet again in the twelfth game Andy led 6-5 and started with a superb return to force an error from the Serb, followed by another two unforced errors to set up three match points! On match point Murray belted a backhand return that the Serb hit into the net, sending the stadium into a frenzy and Great Britain’s greatest tennis player into the Olympic tennis final.
On Sunday it is best of five rather than best of three sets so it’s an exact repeat of this years Wimbledon final, im sure Andy will be talking with Ivan Lendl and the rest of his team to ensure he improves on a month ago and comes out as the winner! After the match Andy said “I want to beat him this time, and that’s the plan” about Federer. I will say this, if Andy Murray plays the way he did today for the entire final, Roger Federer has no chance at the gold medal.