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Old 07-26-2012, 11:19 PM   #16
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Draw:

Bryan / Bryan (USA) [1] - Bellucci / Sa (BRA)
Kas / Petzschner (GER) - Davydenko / Youzhny (RUS)
Granollers / Lopez (ESP) - Erlich / Ram (ISR)
Nishikori / Soeda (JPN) - Federer / Wawrinka (SUI) [6]

Tipsarevic / Zimonjic (SRB) [3] - Klizan / Lacko (SVK)
Nestor / Pospisil (CAN) - Tecau / Ungur (ROU)
Fleming / Hutchins (GBR) - Benneteau / Gasquet (FRA)
Bury / Mirnyi (BLR) - Bhupathi / Bopanna (IND) [7]

Djokovic / Troicki (SRB) [8] - Brunstrom / Lindstedt (SWE)
Cilic / Dodig (CRO) - Cabal / Giraldo (COL)
Melzer / Peya (AUT) - Murray / Murray (GBR)
Ferrer / Lopez (ESP) - Fyrstenberg / Matkowski (POL) [4]

Berdych / Stepanek (CZE) [5] - Bracciali / Seppi (ITA)
Isner / Roddick (USA) - Melo / Soares (BRA)
Haase / Rojer (NED) - Paes / Vardhan (IND)
Nalbandian / Schwank (ARG) - Llodra / Tsonga (FRA) [2]
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http://2012.itftennis.com/olympics/s...-schedule.aspx

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2012 London Olympics Profile: John Isner
By Richard Pagliaro - Thursday, July 26, 2012
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In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we're profiling 20 of the top medal contenders.

Tennis’ marathon man is committed to making another extended run in London.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest match in tennis history, an 11 hour and five-minute epic that spanned three days at Wimbledon in 2010. After an opening-round Wimbledon exit last month, Isner is determined to stick around longer when the Olympics get underway at SW19.

The 6’9” American should benefit from the Olympics’ best-of-three-set format, which diminishes the prospect of marathons and should save the big man’s strength, both for singles and doubles. Isner will partner Andy Roddick, giving the USA one of the biggest-serving doubles teams in Olympic history. Isner has played some of his best tennis for his country: He beat both Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Davis Cup play earlier this year.

“It's a very big priority. It's my first Olympic Games,” said Isner. “The goal is to try to medal for our country.”

Previous Olympic Singles Results

None

Previous Olympic Doubles Results

None

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2012 London Olympics Profile: Andy Roddick
By Richard Pagliaro - Thursday, July 26, 2012
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In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we're profiling 20 of the top medal contenders.

American teammates call Andy Roddick “The Closer” for his conviction in clinching Davis Cup ties. At the All England Club, Roddick hopes his grass-court prowess can help him create more happy endings at the London Olympics.

“If you're in London, I think you have to play at the best venue in tennis, and that has to be on grass at Wimbledon,” Roddick said. “Selfishly it's not stressing me out too much because I played a lot of grass-court tennis and I enjoy it.”

The three-time Wimbledon finalist has won five grass-court titles, including last month’s Eastbourne crown. Roddick can be a triple threat: He will play singles, is scheduled to partner John Isner in doubles, and plans to support American athletes at other events as well.

“I would go to any Olympic event,” Roddick said. “It's a very simple thing. You see the stars and stripes and you want to cheer for that.”

Previous Olympic Singles Results

Athens, 2004: Lost in third round to Fernando Gonzalez

Previous Olympic Doubles Results

Athens, 2004: Lost in first round with Mardy Fish to Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templ...18931&zoneid=9

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2012 London Olympics Profile: Serena Williams
By Richard Pagliaro - Thursday, July 26, 2012
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In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we're profiling 20 of the top medal contenders.

A revitalized Serena Williams slammed a record 102 aces to win Wimbledon for the fifth time, then partnered older sister Venus to collect their fifth Wimbledon doubles title. Serena will return to tennis’ most famous lawn mining for a gold rush. The Williams sisters have combined to capture nine of the last 12 Wimbledon singles titles, and fresh off her championship sweep, Serena is a favorite to medal in both singles and doubles.

“It's getting closer and closer and I'm getting more excited,” said Serena. “It's been amazing. I played two Olympics, which is pretty awesome, and have two gold medals, which is even better. It's just an experience I never thought I would have.”

The Williams sisters, who recall diver Greg Louganis and track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee as their favorite Olympians, are two-time gold medal doubles champions.

“People live and die in those Olympic moments with you, so for us it's about sharing that moment with our country and the world and each other,” Venus said.

Previous Olympic Singles Results

Beijing, 2008: Lost in Quarterfinals to Elena Dementieva

Previous Olympic Doubles Results

Beijing, 2008: Won in gold-medal match with Venus Williams against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual
Sydney, 2000: Won in gold-medal match with Venus Williams against Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templ...18837&zoneid=9

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2012 London Olympics Profile: Venus Williams
By Richard Pagliaro - Thursday, July 26, 2012
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In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we're profiling 20 of the top medal contenders.

Part-time fashion designer Venus Williams is most devoted to one colorful collection—that of her Olympic pins.

Venus has maintained her extensive pin collection since her debut at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games and counts it among her most valued mementos—along, of course, with her three Olympic gold medals she cites among her most treasured trophies.

This month, the only three-time tennis gold medallist in U.S. Olympic history will become the first American tennis player to compete in four Olympic Games when she returns to the familiar lawns of the All England Club. The five-time Wimbledon champion is excited by her latest Olympic appearance, as she and sister Serena, who have posted a 10-0 Olympic doubles record together, will try to capture their third doubles gold after winning the Sydney and Beijing Olympics.

"[The Olympics is] just the ultimate level in sports," said Venus, who swept singles and doubles gold medals in Sydney 12 years ago. "It's about participating. It's about having that experience. It's about having the honor to be good enough to be there."

Previous Olympic Singles Results

Sydney, 2000: Won gold-medal match against Elena Dementieva
Athens, 2004: Lost in third round to Mary Pierce
Beijing, 2008: Lost in quarterfinals to Li Na

Previous Olympic Doubles Results

Sydney, 2000: Won gold-medal match with Serena Williams against Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans
Athens, 2004: Lost in first round with Chandra Rubin to Ting Li and Tiantian Sun
Beijing, 2008: Won gold-medal match with Serena Williams against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templ...18939&zoneid=9
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Preview: Americans Hit The Grass

[1] Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan (USA) vs. Thomas Bellucci/ Andre Sa (BRA), Fourth match, Court 14

The Bryan brothers are the only top five team in the world to be able to play together for the Olympics, thus being granted the top seed. They take on the Brazilian pair of Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa in their first match, which shouldn't prove to be too big of a challenge.

[10] John Isner (USA) vs. Olivier Rochus (BEL), Second match, Court 2
John Isner, now the highest-ranked American at No. 11 in the world, has veteran Olivier Rochus of Belgium in his first match. The pre-match photo-op will be quite the sight: Isner stands 6'9 while Rochus is just 5'5. Isner won their only career meeting, winning the Newport final last year on grass, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Andy Roddick/ John Isner (USA) vs. Ricard Melo/ Bruno Soares (BRA), Fifth match, Court 18
While Roddick and Isner are both better known as singles players, they have a legitimate shot for a medal in doubles, where they take on the Brazilian duo of Ricardo Melo and Bruno Soares to start. Melo and Soares have played together in the past though Roddick and Isner have never officially taken the court as a team. They could get the No. 5 seeds Tomas Berydch and Radek Stepanek in the second round.

Ryan Harrison (USA) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL), First match, Court 14
Ryan Harrison, a 20 year old from Louisiana, has continued his rise up the rankings. The American gets Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the first round, who is ranked just nine spots ahead of him at No. 43. The two have never met, though Harrison is better on grass with a 10-8 career record, compared to Giraldo's 6-8 mark.

Donald Young (USA) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA), Third match, Court 19

Atlanta native Donald Young comes into the Olympics in a major slump, having lost his last 13 matches and owning a 2-17 record on the 2012 season. He plays a very winnable match against Italian Andreas Seppi in the first round, ranked No. 28 in the world.

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Results so far:

J. ISNER (USA) [10] def. O. ROCHUS (BEL) 7-6 6-4
A. SEPPI (ITA) def. D. YOUNG (USA) 6-4 6-4
S. GIRALDO (COL) def. R. HARRISON (USA) 7-5 6-3

BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. BELLUCCI / SA (BRA) 7-6 6-7 6-3
MELO / SOARES (BRA) def. ISNER / RODDICK (USA) 6-2 6-4


I confessed that I didn't pay much attention to olympics tennis today. I did watch a lot of other sports though, mostly swimming, Ryan Lochte .
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R1 A. RODDICK (USA) def. M. KLIZAN (SVK) 7-5 6-4
R2 J. ISNER (USA) [10] def. M. JAZIRI (TUN) 7-6 6-2
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SINGLES
R2 N. Djokovic (SRB) [2] def. A. RODDICK (USA) 6-2 6-1
R3 J. ISNER (USA) [10] def. J. TIPSAREVIC (SRB) [7] 7-5 7-6
QF R. Federer (SUI) [1] def. J. ISNER (USA) [10] 6-4 7-6

DOUBLES
R2 BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. DAVYDENKO/YOUZHNY (RUS) 7-6 6-7 6-3
QF BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. ERLICH/RAM (ISR) 7-6 7-6
SF BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. BENNETEAU/GASQUET (FRA) 6-4 6-4

MIXED DOUBLES
R1 LISICKI/KAS (GER) def. HUBER/B.BRYAN (USA) [2] 7-6 6-7 1-0
R1 RAYMOND/M.BRYAN (USA) [3] def. ERRANI/SEPPI (ITA) 7-5 6-3
QF RAYMOND/M.BRYAN (USA) [3] def. DULKO/DEL POTRO (ARG) 6-2 7-5
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Bob and Mike Bryan are relishing the opportunity to win their first Olympic gold medal. The 34-year-old twins won the bronze in Beijing four years ago and on Friday beat the French team of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. The Bryans own a team-record 78 titles and have won a career Grand Slam.

"It's all sinking in," Bob said. "We're enjoying that victory. We played good grass-court doubles and tomorrow's going to be pretty insane. Like Mike said this could be our last shot at Olympic glory. I'm very happy that we do have a medal as semifinals is no guarantee of hardware. We're going to enjoy it for a little while and once we have opponents we will get a game plan ready and go to war."

The Bryans will play the winner of the match between France’s Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Spain’s David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez.

"Every sports fan in the world knows what an Olympic medal is," Mike Bryan said. "They don't necessarily know what a Wimbledon title is. I think that would be at the front of the trophy case for sure."

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Already considered among the greatest doubles teams in tennis history, Bob and Mike Bryan completed the Golden Slam—winning all four Grand Slam tourneys, plus the Olympics—with a 6–4, 7–6 straight sets win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra in the gold medal match at Wimbledon.

Match point proved worth the excitement, as Bob Bryan chased a Tsonga slam nearly into the royal box before returning it with an over-the-shoulder lob that kept the point alive.

The Bryan brothers have been #1 in the world for nearly six years, so it's not exactly an upset. The gold medals avenge a bronze the team won in Beijing. [NBCSN]
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SINGLES
R1 A. RODDICK (USA) def. M. KLIZAN (SVK) 7-5 6-4
R1 J. ISNER (USA) [10] def. O. ROCHUS (BEL) 7-6 6-4
R1 A. SEPPI (ITA) def. D. YOUNG (USA) 6-4 6-4
R1 S. GIRALDO (COL) def. R. HARRISON (USA) 7-5 6-3
R2 J. ISNER (USA) [10] def. M. JAZIRI (TUN) 7-6 6-2
R2 N. Djokovic (SRB) [2] def. A. RODDICK (USA) 6-2 6-1
R3 J. ISNER (USA) [10] def. J. TIPSAREVIC (SRB) [7] 7-5 7-6
QF R. Federer (SUI) [1] def. J. ISNER (USA) [10] 6-4 7-6

DOUBLES
R1 BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. BELLUCCI / SA (BRA) 7-6 6-7 6-3
R2 MELO / SOARES (BRA) def. ISNER / RODDICK (USA) 6-2 6-4
R2 BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. DAVYDENKO/YOUZHNY (RUS) 7-6 6-7 6-3
QF BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. ERLICH/RAM (ISR) 7-6 7-6
SF BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. BENNETEAU/GASQUET (FRA) 6-4 6-4
F BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) [1] def. LLODRA/TSONGA (FRA) [2] 6-4 7-6, Gold Medal

MIXED DOUBLES
R1 LISICKI/KAS (GER) def. HUBER/B.BRYAN (USA) [2] 7-6 6-7 1-0
R1 RAYMOND/M.BRYAN (USA) [3] def. ERRANI/SEPPI (ITA) 7-5 6-3
QF RAYMOND/M.BRYAN (USA) [3] def. DULKO/DEL POTRO (ARG) 6-2 7-5
SF AZARENKA/MIRNYI (BLR) [1] def. RAYMOND/M.BRYAN (USA) [3] 3-6 6-0 1-0
3RD PLACE MATCH RAYMOND/M.BRYAN (USA) [3] def. LISICKI/KAS (GER) 6-3 4-6 1-0, Bronze Medal

Also,

Women Singles Final: S.Williams (USA) [4] def. M. Sharapova (RUS) [3] 6-0 6-1, Gold Medal
Women Doubles Final: Williams/Williams (USA) def. Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE) [4] 6-4 6-4, Gold Medal
Women Doubles Bronze Medal Match: Kirilenko/Petrova [3] def. Huber/Raymond (USA) [1] 4-6 6-4 6-1

Total Tennis Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Bronze
Congrats to all the medalists.
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There are two ways to talk about American tennis these days. The first is to lament its decline from the heights of the Pete and Andre and Jim and Michael era, and wonder when the country’s next generation of stars is going to man up and do some winning. The second way, which isn't tried out nearly often enough, is to try to forget the past, ignore the future, and focus on what’s going on under our noses at the moment. When you do the latter, the world ceases to look quite as gloomy. It’s true that the future of U.S. tennis is uncertain at best, but on a day like today it would be absurd to claim that it isn’t what it used to be. On a day like today, you’d have to say that the American game, while it doesn’t have the fresh face of youth, is aging pretty gracefully.

Serena Williams and Bob and Mike Bryan, all of them in their 30s and all of them California natives, won Olympic golds on Centre Court this afternoon. Their medals served as career capstones, as both Serena and the Bryans have also won each of the four Grand Slams. They were blown away by the moment. The Bryans immediately called it the biggest win of their long career together, while Serena couldn’t stop saying, while trying to catch her breath, “Wow, I have an Olympic gold medal in singles.” Their wins felt like capstones for a U.S. tennis generation that, while it may not go down as the greatest, could be the best we’ll see for a long time. We’ve been spoiled: career Golden Slams, of which Andre Agassi is also an owner, don’t come around too often.

As the Bryans said later, it was Serena who “got the ball rolling for the Americans” today. That’s a true statement, but it also may be the under statement of the year. To be fair, most descriptions of Serena’s win over Maria Sharapova, and her play throughout this tournament, couldn't do it justice. I’ll start with the most absurd stat, as long you promise not to tell Gilles Simon about it: Roger Federer lost the same number of games in the third set of his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro, 17, as Serena lost in the Olympics. When I think of the most dominant single-tournament performances in major events, I think of Bjorn Borg’s 21-set sweep through Roland Garros in 1978, and Rafael Nadal’s similar romp on the same courts 30 years later. Serena’s 2012 Olympics has to be mentioned with them. None of her opponents won more than three games in any set, and she beat the No. 1 and No. 3 players in the world, Victoria Azarenka and Sharapova, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-1, respectively.

Serena said afterward that this was the best week of her tennis career, and Sharapova couldn’t do anything about it. Besides Serena’s play, she struggled with the wind and her toss. When she did get a decent look at a ball, she rarely took advantage of it. Her only ray of hope came at 1-3 in the second set, when she held a break point and Serena showed a slight sign of nerves. Everyone should have nerves like hers: Serena wiped away the break point with a clean crosscourt backhand winner on the first stroke of a rally. It was hard to watch Sharapova, who so rarely lets anything resembling vulnerability show, appear to fight back tears during the second set. Realistically, though, she should feel lucky not to have been double-bageled, and be happy to walk away with a silver in a week when Serena Williams was at her best.

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