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Federer: "I won the Silver Medal."

Sir Andy (to be), Joker & Delpo: What's at stake in Toronto this week


August 06, 2012 | 01:54 PM

Federer: "I won the Silver Medal."

Though the color of his singles medal puts him in the company of Jordi Arese (1992), Tim Mayotte (1988) and Mardy Fish (2208) instead of Rafa and Andre, Roger Federer doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for him.

Though he didn't achieve his goal of winning a gold in singles, he said afterwards that he "felt he didn't lose it," that Andy "was much better in many aspects of the game" yesterday than he was. He was grateful for his narrow escapes in the first round (to Falla) and the semis, and remarked that Murray's come-back from defeat 4 weeks ago was "how champions react." Get ready for SIR ANDY...

As for Murray, who could never have expected to play in a gold medal round in Mixed Doubles, he was more nervous in the Super Breaker that ended that final than he'd been at critical points in the singles. On match point, receiving from Max Mirnyi, he tightened up and gave Vika a high forehand volley to pound away for the gold (she may recall fondly that gift from the gold medal men's singles champion).

To read more of FED's and MURRAY's remarks post-Olympics, go to:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/07/31/London-Olympics-Final-Federer-I-Won-Silver.aspx

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/07/31/London-Olympics-Final-Murray-Wins-Gold-Medal.aspx

And for a gold men's singles match re-cap:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/07/31/London-Olympics-How-The-Gold-Medal-Was-Won.aspx

The celebration will be short-lived for Sir Andy, as along with Joker and Delpo, these final day contenders are off to Toronto. Andy and Joker each have a pair of titles in Canada, and a lot on the line ranking-wise:

- With Rafa still out of action due to the knee and Andy trailing him by only 800 points, the Scot could be #3 in the world with a win (he lost in his opening match last year to Kevin Anderson, as did Rafa, to Dodig)

- Joker is defending 1000 points this week and does not want to experience early defeat like Andy last year when he was defending (his early loss with a Murray win would put the Scot within 1000 points of #2); Joker would also lose ground to Fed, who is only defending 90 points there

The other man with plenty at stake in Toronto is Del Potro. At #8, he'll need points here and in Cincinnati to keep a top 8 seed at the Open. He has few points to defend here (lost in 2nd round in 2011), but is only 120 points ahead of Tipsarevic, an excellent hard court player.

If you're not sure how important a top 8 seed is to one's chances, browse Jeff Sackmann's post today:

http://heavytopspin.com/2012/08/06/the-tournament-simulation-reference/

Elsewhere yesterday, Dolgopolov defeated Tommy Haas on 3 sets in DC, realizing the advantage he sought in skipping the Olympics: his ranking improved from 23rd to 16th. For the 33 year old Haas, it was his first loss in 9 finals on American soil, and the result moved him into the top 25. He's won titles in Houston, LA, Memphis, Delray and Long Island.

Everyone ranked within 20 spots below Haas has an Open seed to win or lose in the next 2 weeks:

Points/Spots moved/ previous rank

25 Haas, Tommy (GER) 1,418 11 20

26 Seppi, Andreas (ITA) 1,355 2 29

27 Granollers, Marcel (ESP) 1,350 0 25

28 Monfils, Gael (FRA) 1,325 -9 21

29 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP) 1,300 0 27

30 Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS) 1,255 1 25

31 Benneteau, Julien (FRA) 1,245 1 25

32 Anderson, Kevin (RSA) 1,225 2 27

33 Troicki, Viktor (SRB) 1,220 -3 28

34 Istomin, Denis (UZB) 1,217 1 32

35 Querrey, Sam (USA) 1,189 3 27

36 Melzer, Jurgen (AUT) 1,057 1 24

37 Berlocq, Carlos (ARG) 985 3 31

38 Nalbandian, David (ARG) 980 3 21

39 Bellucci, Thomaz (BRA) 972 3 26

40 Stepanek, Radek (CZE) 965 -14 25

41 Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN) 957 2 29

42 Haase, Robin (NED) 955 -9 28

43 Giraldo, Santiago (COL) 943 1 26

44 Andujar, Pablo (ESP) 940 -5 30

45 Baghdatis, Marcos (CYP) 925 0 27

46 Ramos, Albert (ESP) 925 0 31

47 Chardy, Jeremy (FRA) 924 0 25

Rick

Olympic Wrapu, Toronto Stakes 8.6.12


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