When both Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro reach a matchup in which both players are at their best, both physically and mentally, they certainly put on one heck of a show. And the All England Club was the perfect scenario for these two magnificent players to set up a battle for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. At the end, it was clear that either player deserved a win, a chance at the Olympic gold. But after more than four hours of a dwelling combat, it was the Swiss Maestro who outplayed the Argentinean and took the final game of an Olympic marathon 19-17 third set. After all, Roger Federer was playing at the grass courts of the All English Club, the place were the legendary Wimbledon Championships is played, the place were the 7-time champion has made his own. No other player has won more championships than Roger, and the so awaited gold medal in the Olympics is now only one game away for the Federer Express.
It was a dueling match, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina really gave it his best in the 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 game, but at the end it was going to be Federer winning the semis. Don’t get me wrong here, del Potro is still got a chance to win a bronze medal if he outplays Novak Djokovic for the last spot in the podium. The fight that Del Potro gave on this match was such that many of the Argentineans were quite happy with his fight. Sure he didn’t win, but he played with his heart and soul, and the Argentinean fans are keen to that effort. Let’s not forget that at 4 hours and 26 minutes this is by far the longest 3 set game ever played in the Open Era. And it was filled with great tennis, and all the drama that made this as intense a game as it gets.
Roger Federer converted only two of 13 break-point chances, but he certainly had his timing right. His second break point came in the next-to-last game. For a couple plays there it looked as if it was going to go the way of del Potro, yet he held serve 12 times in the final set to stay in the match and eventually outplay the tall and slender del Po. Now, the four time Olympian will have to face No. 3 Andy Murray of Great Britain who’s not only going to have the home crowd behind him, but that is just too anxious to finally win something big. He’s now 0-4 in Grand Slam finals, that last one came just a month earlier when Roger Federer himself took the Wimbledon Championships from him. It will be a nice rematch, that’s for sure.
But the favorite is still Federer. As of press time, the betting lines for the Olympics Singles Men’s Tennis gold medal, is the following: Roger Federer is ML-160 with Andy Murray holding a ML+140 in the comeback. Djokovic will play del Potro on Sunday for the bronze. Djokovic won the bronze in 2008. The betting line for the bronze medal has not yet been released as of press time.