Olympic Tennis Results 2012: Andy Murray and Others Poised for Medal Glory
Andy Murray has the hopes of Great Britain on his shoulders in London, and he will meet those expectations and find medal glory in these games.
The third seed is off to a hot start in the opening rounds. He's won both of his matches in straight sets, including Tuesday's 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jarkko Nieminen under the lights of Centre Court.
Murray was serving beautifully, and he made quick work of Nieminen. This win sets up a third-round match with Marcos Baghdatis, whom he dispatched in the third round of Wimbledon.
The 25-year-old Scot is playing very well off of his positive momentum after his spectacular finals run at the All England Club only a few short weeks ago. He is a favorite to earn a medal for his home country.
Like always, the bracket has him on a crash course with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who've dominated men's tennis over the last few years.
Luckily for Murray, though, there is no Rafael Nadal to contend with, as the Spaniard is out of the games with the same injury he dealt with at Wimbledon.
This puts Murray on a crash course for at least a bronze medal, and if he continues the form he has shown of late, he could eke out something with a bit more gleam.
His run at Wimbledon gave him confidence, and this will be the tournament where it all comes to fruition for him.
However, Murray's not the only player who's set for a big run in London, so let's take a look at a few other players who could walk away with individual medal glory.
Serena Williams is coming off of a gutsy run through Wimbledon, where she won her 14th individual grand slam title.
Now, she is looking to further extend her legacy by adding individual Olympic gold to her accomplishments.
She will do it.
Williams is competing on the very same courts in which she won on a matter of weeks ago, and nothing has changed since then to unseat her as the favorite.
The younger of the Williams sister has a blistering serve that's very effective on grass, and she used it en route to her victory at the All England Club.
It will be much of the same for her during the Olympics.
She is playing in top-form, and when Williams plays like that, there isn't a player on the planet that can touch her.
When the tennis tournament comes to a close, expect Williams to be atop the podium.
People may have declared him done, but Federer proved all of his doubters wrong with his seventh Wimbledon victory and 17th overall grand slam title on July 8.
This victory was a landmark one and could cement his claim as the greatest player of all time.
However, one thing is still missing from his laundry list of accomplishments: individual Olympic gold.
He won a doubles title in Beijing, but that medal doesn’t compare with the glory that comes with individual victory.
Federer enters this tournament as the world's No. 1. If he plays to form, he could very well come away with gold for his home country of Switzerland.
The way the bracket sets up, he will avoid Murray and Djokovic until the final, which should give him an easy road to the medal rounds.
A match against Murray or Djokovic would be incredibly tough, but Federer seems to have both of their numbers in big-match environments.
Individual Olympic glory is the only major accomplishment that eludes Federer. Just expect him to cross that off his list by the end of these games.
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