Olympics: Federer-Murray, Serena Williams, Djokovic, Knees and Toronto Masters

Devil in a New DressSenior Writer IAugust 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland and  Andy Murray of Great Britain pose prior to their Gentlemen's Singles final match on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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After a long week, a bit of Olympic tennis and a men's gold medal match still to be decided, here's a look at some of the pertinent news stories of the last week:



In a repeat of last month's Wimbledon final, Switzerland's Roger Federer will go head-to-head with host nation Great Britain's Andy Murray to decide the destination of the gold and silver medals.

I'd like to think that Andy Murray has learned from his loss to Federer at SW19, and I will presume that he will be stood in better stead in the final.

One way to look at the match is that, unlike the Slam events, where Federer has won numerous titles and Murray none, the Olympics pits Federer against Murray in a situation that neither one has been in before.



Serena Williams

Another total domination of the field later, and Serena Williams has added an Olympic gold medal to her wonderful haul of trophies and achievements.

Notwithstanding that, she is guaranteed to get at least the silver medal in the ladies doubles tournament.

Is it too much of a stretch to rename the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) the Williams Tennis Association?



Perhaps I could be accused of sentimentalism for having picked Novak Djokovic as favorite for the Olympic title, because I felt he could make a comeback and return to his form of old, but perhaps it is not just I who must go back to the drawing board to see where it all went wrong.



Knee Injuries

Rafael Nadal's setback, as regards his injury status, comes as bad news to tennis fans around the world. The world No. 3, who was forced to withdraw from the Olympics due to issues with his knee, will now be forced to miss the Masters 1000 event in Toronto this next week.

Given that his US Open chances were not particularly great after his Wimbledon outing, is there any reason to think they will be better when he returns from this latest setback?

Not unless he knows something we don't.

Is this a 2009 repeat?


Toronto Masters

No Roger Federer, no Rafael Nadal, a shaky Novak Djokovic and possible Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray. Picks?

The full draw can be found here.