Friday, August 3, 2012
Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5 to reach the final at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event.
Murray will next play Roger Federerin a repeat of this year’s final at The Championships 2012.
The first 11 games went on serve, Murray eventually earned a set point opportunity at 5-6 and then struck a forehand crosscourt pass to clinch the opener.
The Scot saved break points in the first, third and ninth and 11th games of the second set and at 5-6, Djokovic lost three straight points and Murray took his first opportunity to close the match.
“I had a lot of break balls in the second set,” said Djokovic. “Practically every service game, I had chance in the second set to make a break, especially the one at 5-all. It's a disappointing loss. But he deserves to be in the final.”
Djokovic admitted, "He played better in the important moments. He served extremely well [and] used that element in his game efficiently when he needed to. [The crowd] gave him support. They gave him, I think, positive energy. He managed to use that in his favour and win the match.”
"I will try to wake up tomorrow, compose myself, try to gather all the positive energy, as much as I can," said Djokovic. "[The] motivation is always there, obviously. [I will] try to repeat the success that I had four years ago."
Looking ahead to Sunday's gold medal match, Murray said, "Roger had a great win today after a long match with del Potro. We're both playing very good tennis just now so I'm going to have to go out and play a very great match."
"It was an unbelievable atmosphere,” said Murray. “It's amazing. I just wanted to try and win a medal, for the team, for the country and lastly for myself. I'm so happy, I would love to win the gold medal.
"Before the tournament started that was the goal [to] try and win a medal. It's been an amazing month and one of the best of my career. The support that I have had over the last month, after Wimbledon, I really needed it."