Andy Murray Goes for Gold
A Review of the London Olympic 2012 Semi-Final Men’s Tennis Singles between Andy Murray and Novak Djokowic.
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Andy Murray beat Novak Djokowic 7-5, 7-5 at Centre Court, Wimbledon, this evening, in a super Olympic 2012 semi-final that was thrilling from start to finish. It was a question of both players playing to an amazing level of tennis – and both players winning points with athletic aplomb.
Murray won the first set with a break of serve at 6-5, having already won two break points during the Serb’s first service game. Murray had Djokowic running for his life to return Murray’s passing shots, volleys and ground shots in that final game of the first set.
Djokowitc came out with all guns blazing in the second set, winning break points in his first two service games. But he couldn’t convert: Andy Murray hung on, pulling aces out of the hat where it was necessary.
And although the Serb had been consistent in holding his serve throughout the second set, he found himself break point down at 6-5 – and in the end, the Scot’s return was too good for the Serb.
Murray covered his eyes and wept, doing his famous two fore-fingered salute to the skies to the delight of the crowd who chanted Murray – Murray – Murray. The crowd had been raucous throughout the match and spurred the Scot on to win – win – win for team GB.
Murray wins an Olympic medal, whatever the outcome on this forthcoming Sunday final against Roger Federer. If he beats Federer, it’s GOLD. If he loses, it’s SILVER. It’s win-win for both Murray and Federer. Though I’m sure they’ll play like demons in their quest to collect gold. Murray was heart-broken after his Wimbledon Final defeat to Federer back in June. Perhaps the tables will turn on Sunday at the Olympic Final.
Here’s hoping! Come on team GB! Come on Andy Murray!
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