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Singles, Men

Date28 July – 5 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationAll-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London
Participants64 from 34 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Of the 16 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 del Potro went down on his knees and started crying.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Andy MurrayGBRGold
2Roger FedererSUISilver
3Juan Martín del PotroARGBronze
4Novak ĐokovićSRB
=5John IsnerUSA
=5Kei NishikoriJPN
=5Nicolás AlmagroESP
=5Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA
=9Denis IstominUZB
=9Janko TipsarevićSRB
=9David FerrerESP
=9Gilles SimonFRA
=9Steve DarcisBEL
=9Markos PagdatisCYP
=9Feliciano LópezESP
=9Lleyton HewittAUS
=17Julien BenneteauFRA
=17Gilles MüllerLUX
=17Malek JaziriTUN
=17Philipp PetzschnerGER
=17Blaž KavčičSLO
=17Nikolay DavydenkoRUS
=17Grigor DimitrovBUL
=17Andreas SeppiITA
=17Santiago GiraldoCOL
=17Alex Bogomolov, Jr.RUS
=17Richard GasquetFRA
=17Jarkko NieminenFIN
=17Milos RaonicCAN
=17Juan MónacoARG
=17Marin ČilićCRO
=17Andy RoddickUSA
=33Alejandro FallaCOL
=33Mikhail YuzhnyRUS
=33Adrian UngurROU
=33Fernando VerdascoESP
=33Olivier RochusBEL
=33Lu Yen-HsunTPE
=33Lukáš LackoSVK
=33David NalbandianARG
=33Vasek PospisilCAN
=33Jagadeesan VishnuvardhanIND
=33Radek ŠtěpánekCZE
=33Bernard TomicAUS
=33Mikhail KukushkinKAZ
=33Łukasz KubotPOL
=33Donald YoungUSA
=33Ivan DodigCRO
=33Tomáš BerdychCZE
=33Ryan HarrisonUSA
=33Carlos BerlocqARG
=33Viktor TroickiSRB
=33Robin HaaseNED
=33Go SoedaJPN
=33Somdev DevvarmanIND
=33Stanislas WawrinkaSUI
=33Thomaz BellucciBRA
=33Tatsuma ItoJPN
=33Dmitry TursunovRUS
=33David GoffinBEL
=33Jürgen MelzerAUT
=33Serhiy StakhovskiyUKR
=33Martin KližanSVK
=33Fabio FogniniITA
DNSIvo KarlovićCRO1
DNSPhilipp KohlschreiberGER2

Round One (—)

Winners advanced to round two.

Match #1 Roger FedererSUI 1Alejandro FallaCOL 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Match #2 Julien BenneteauFRA Mikhail YuzhnyRUS 7-5, 6-3
Match #3 Gilles MüllerLUX Adrian UngurROU ITF6-3, 6-3
Match #4 Denis IstominUZB Fernando VerdascoESP 146-4, 7-6
Match #5 John IsnerUSA Olivier RochusBEL 7-6, 6-4
Match #6 Malek JaziriTUN ITFLu Yen-HsunTPE 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Match #7 Philipp PetzschnerGER Lukáš LackoSVK 7-6, 6-1
Match #8 Janko TipsarevićSRB 7David NalbandianARG 6-3, 6-4
Match #9 David FerrerESP 4Vasek PospisilCAN 6-4, 6-4
Match #10 Blaž KavčičSLO ITFJagadeesan VishnuvardhanIND A6-3, 6-2
Match #11 3Nikolay DavydenkoRUS Radek ŠtěpánekCZE 6-4, 6-3
Match #12 Kei NishikoriJPN 15Bernard TomicAUS 7-6, 7-6
Match #13 Gilles SimonFRA 12Mikhail KukushkinKAZ 6-4, 6-2
Match #14 Grigor DimitrovBUL Łukasz KubotPOL 6-3, 7-6
Match #15 Andreas SeppiITA Donald YoungUSA 6-4, 6-4
Match #16 Juan Martín del PotroARG 8Ivan DodigCRO 6-4, 6-1
Match #17 Steve DarcisBEL Tomáš BerdychCZE 66-4, 6-4
Match #18 Santiago GiraldoCOL Ryan HarrisonUSA 7-5, 6-3
Match #19 Alex Bogomolov, Jr.RUS Carlos BerlocqARG 7-5, 7-6
Match #20 Nicolás AlmagroESP 11Viktor TroickiSRB 6-4, 7-6
Match #21 4Richard GasquetFRA 16Robin HaaseNED 6-3, 6-3
Match #22 Markos PagdatisCYP Go SoedaJPN 6-7, 7-6, 6-2
Match #23 Jarkko NieminenFIN Somdev DevvarmanIND ITF6-3, 6-1
Match #24 Andy MurrayGBR Stanislas WawrinkaSUI 6-3, 6-3
Match #25 Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA 5Thomaz BellucciBRA ITF6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Match #26 5Milos RaonicCAN Tatsuma ItoJPN 6-3, 6-4
Match #27 6Feliciano LópezESP Dmitry TursunovRUS 6-7, 6-2, 9-7
Match #28 7Juan MónacoARG 9David GoffinBEL 6-4, 6-1
Match #29 8Marin ČilićCRO 13Jürgen MelzerAUT 7-6, 6-2
Match #30 9Lleyton HewittAUS ITFSerhiy StakhovskiyUKR ITF6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Match #31 10Andy RoddickUSA Martin KližanSVK 7-5, 6-4
Match #32 Novak ĐokovićSRB 2Fabio FogniniITA 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

Round Two (—)

Winners advanced to round three.

Match #1 Roger FedererSUI 1Julien BenneteauFRA 6-2, 6-2
Match #2 Denis IstominUZB Gilles MüllerLUX 6-7, 7-6, 7-5
Match #3 John IsnerUSA Malek JaziriTUN ITF7-6, 6-2
Match #4 Janko TipsarevićSRB 7Philipp PetzschnerGER 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Match #5 David FerrerESP 4Blaž KavčičSLO ITF6-2, 6-2
Match #6 Kei NishikoriJPN 15Nikolay DavydenkoRUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Match #7 Gilles SimonFRA 12Grigor DimitrovBUL 6-3, 6-3
Match #8 Juan Martín del PotroARG 8Andreas SeppiITA 6-3, 7-6
Match #9 Steve DarcisBEL Santiago GiraldoCOL 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Match #10 Nicolás AlmagroESP 11Alex Bogomolov, Jr.RUS 6-2, 6-2
Match #11 Markos PagdatisCYP Richard GasquetFRA 166-4, 6-4
Match #12 Andy MurrayGBR Jarkko NieminenFIN 6-2, 6-4
Match #13 Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA 5Milos RaonicCAN 6-3, 3-6, 25-23
Match #14 Feliciano LópezESP Juan MónacoARG 96-4, 6-4
Match #15 Lleyton HewittAUS ITFMarin ČilićCRO 136-4, 7-5
Match #16 Novak ĐokovićSRB 2Andy RoddickUSA 6-2, 6-1

Round Three (—)

Winners advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 Roger FedererSUI 1Denis IstominUZB 7-5, 6-3
Match #2 John IsnerUSA Janko TipsarevićSRB 77-5, 7-6
Match #3 Kei NishikoriJPN 15David FerrerESP 46-0, 3-6, 6-4
Match #4 Juan Martín del PotroARG 8Gilles SimonFRA 126-1, 4-6, 6-3
Match #5 Nicolás AlmagroESP 11Steve DarcisBEL 7-5, 6-3
Match #6 Andy MurrayGBR Markos PagdatisCYP 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Match #7 Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA 5Feliciano LópezESP 7-6, 6-4
Match #8 Novak ĐokovićSRB 2Lleyton HewittAUS ITF4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Quarter-Finals (—)

Winners advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 Roger FedererSUI 1John IsnerUSA 6-4, 7-6
Match #2 Juan Martín del PotroARG 8Kei NishikoriJPN 156-4, 7-6
Match #3 Andy MurrayGBR Nicolás AlmagroESP 116-4, 6-1
Match #4 Novak ĐokovićSRB 2Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA 56-1, 7-5

Semi-Finals (—)

Winners advanced to final round.

Match #1 Roger FedererSUI 1Juan Martín del PotroARG 83-6, 7-6, 19-17
Match #2 Andy MurrayGBR Novak ĐokovićSRB 27-5, 7-5

Final Round (—)

Match 1/2 Andy MurrayGBR Roger FedererSUI 16-2, 6-1, 6-4
Match 3/4 Juan Martín del PotroARG 8Novak ĐokovićSRB 27-5, 6-4