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Tennis at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Singles

Tennis at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Andy Murray
Silver: SUI Roger Federer
Bronze: ARG Juan Martín del Potro

Summary

Of the twelve major championships that had been contested since the Beijing Olympics all bar one had been shared around between the current “big three” of the men’s game, Novak Đoković, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Sadly Nadal, the reigning Olympic champion, was forced out of London 2012 with a case of tendinitis in his knee, an injury which forced him to cut short his season.

Three weeks before the Olympic Games began Federer won his 7th Wimbledon title by beating Britain’s Andy Murray in the final but in London the roles were dramatically reversed.Seemingly inspired by the Olympic atmosphere Murray first defeated Đoković in the semi-finals then won the Olympic title with a shockingly easy victory over Federer with the loss of only 7 games. This was the biggest victory for a British male tennis player for three quarters of a century and proved a career turning point for Murray as the perennial “nearly man” of men’s tennis then went on to win the US Open later in the year.

The growing acceptance of the importance of the Olympic Games in the world of tennis (and vice versa) was best demonstrated by what happened the end of the bronze medal match between Đoković and Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro. Overcome with emotion after clinching his nation’s first medal of London 2012 he went down on his knees and started crying.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andy Murray 25 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Roger Federer 30 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Juan Martín del Potro 23 Argentina ARG Bronze
4 Novak Đoković 25 Serbia SRB
5T John Isner 27 United States USA
5T Kei Nishikori 22 Japan JPN
5T Nicolás Almagro 26 Spain ESP
5T Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 27 France FRA
9T Denis Istomin 25 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Janko Tipsarević 28 Serbia SRB
9T David Ferrer 30 Spain ESP
9T Gilles Simon 27 France FRA
9T Steve Darcis 28 Belgium BEL
9T Markos Pagdatis 27 Cyprus CYP
9T Feliciano López 30 Spain ESP
9T Lleyton Hewitt 31 Australia AUS
17T Julien Benneteau 30 France FRA
17T Gilles Müller 29 Luxembourg LUX
17T Malek Jaziri 28 Tunisia TUN
17T Philipp Petzschner 28 Germany GER
17T Blaž Kavčič 25 Slovenia SLO
17T Nikolay Davydenko 31 Russia RUS
17T Grigor Dimitrov 21 Bulgaria BUL
17T Andreas Seppi 28 Italy ITA
17T Santiago Giraldo 24 Colombia COL
17T Aleksandr Bogomolov 29 Russia RUS
17T Richard Gasquet 26 France FRA
17T Jarkko Nieminen 31 Finland FIN
17T Milos Raonic 21 Canada CAN
17T Juan Mónaco 28 Argentina ARG
17T Marin Čilić 23 Croatia CRO
17T Andy Roddick 29 United States USA
33T Alejandro Falla 28 Colombia COL
33T Mikhail Yuzhny 30 Russia RUS
33T Adrian Ungur 27 Romania ROU
33T Fernando Verdasco 28 Spain ESP
33T Olivier Rochus 31 Belgium BEL
33T Lu Yen-Hsun 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Lukáš Lacko 24 Slovakia SVK
33T David Nalbandian 30 Argentina ARG
33T Vasek Pospisil 22 Canada CAN
33T Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan 24 India IND
33T Radek Štěpánek 33 Czech Republic CZE
33T Bernard Tomic 19 Australia AUS
33T Mikhail Kukushkin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
33T Łukasz Kubot 30 Poland POL
33T Donald Young 23 United States USA
33T Ivan Dodig 27 Croatia CRO
33T Tomáš Berdych 26 Czech Republic CZE
33T Ryan Harrison 20 United States USA
33T Carlos Berlocq 29 Argentina ARG
33T Viktor Troicki 26 Serbia SRB
33T Robin Haase 25 Netherlands NED
33T Go Soeda 27 Japan JPN
33T Somdev Devvarman 27 India IND
33T Stanislas Wawrinka 27 Switzerland SUI
33T Thomaz Bellucci 24 Brazil BRA
33T Tatsuma Ito 24 Japan JPN
33T Dmitry Tursunov 29 Russia RUS
33T David Goffin 21 Belgium BEL
33T Jürgen Melzer 31 Austria AUT
33T Serhiy Stakhovskiy 26 Ukraine UKR
33T Martin Kližan 23 Slovakia SVK
33T Fabio Fognini 25 Italy ITA