Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's singles

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Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Champion   United Kingdom Andy Murray
Runner-up   Switzerland Roger Federer
Final score   6–2, 6–1, 6–4
Events
Singles   men   women
Doubles   men   women   mixed
Men's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue All England Club, Wimbledon
Date 28 July to 5 August
Competitors 64 from 34 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Switzerland
Bronze medal    Argentina
«2008 2016»
John Isner (United States) and Roger Federer (Switzerland) warming up for their quarter-final match on Centre Court.

The men's singles tennis tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was held at the All England Club in Wimbledon from 28 July to 5 August, making it the first Olympic grass court tournament since tennis was re-introduced to the Games.[1][2] The event was run and organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and is part of the Association of Tennis Professionals tour. Matches were the best of three sets, except for the final which was the best of five sets. Tie-breaks were in use for all sets except the fifth set of the final and the third set of all other matches.[3]

Rafael Nadal was the reigning Gold Medallist, having won the tournament at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,[3] but withdrew on 19 July 2012 due to a recurring knee injury.[4]

The second-round match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic on 31 July 2012 culminated in a record-setting 3 hours and 57 minutes and 66 total games with a third set ending at 25–23. This was the longest tennis match in Olympic history, in terms of games played, under the best of three sets system. In terms of time, it was, at that time, the longest best of three sets men's singles match in Olympic history.[5][6][7]

However, only three days later, this record was eclipsed by Roger Federer and Juan Martín del Potro on 3 August 2012 in a semi-final tie that lasted 4 hours 26 minutes, ending at 19–17. This was not only the longest singles tennis match in Olympic history played with the best of three format but also the longest such match in the Open era, surpassing the 4 hours 3 minutes in Nadal's victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2009 Madrid Masters.[8][9]

Great Britain's Andy Murray defeated Federer in the final, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4, to win the gold medal.[10][11][12] Del Potro, representing Argentina, took bronze courtesy of a 7–5, 6–4, victory over 2008 bronze medalist Djokovic.[13]

Schedule[edit]

The tournament ran from 28 July and 5 August.[14]

July August
28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5
11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30 12:00 12:00
Round of 64 Round of 64
Round of 32
Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Bronze medal match
Gold medal match

Seeds[edit]

  1.  Roger Federer (SUI) (Final, silver medalist)
  2.  Novak Djokovic (SRB) (Semifinals, fourth place)
  3.  Andy Murray (GBR) (Champion, gold medalist)
  4.  David Ferrer (ESP) (Third round)
  5.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) (Quarterfinals)
  6.  Tomáš Berdych (CZE) (First round)
  7.  Janko Tipsarević (SRB) (Third round)
  8.  Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) (Semifinals, bronze medalist)
  9.  Juan Mónaco (ARG) (Second round)
  10.  John Isner (USA) (Quarterfinals)
  11.  Nicolás Almagro (ESP) (Quarterfinals)
  12.  Gilles Simon (FRA) (Third round)
  13.  Marin Čilić (CRO) (Second round)
  14.  Fernando Verdasco (ESP) (First round)
  15.  Kei Nishikori (JPN) (Quarterfinals)
  16.  Richard Gasquet (FRA) (Second round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Finals[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                           
  1   Roger Federer (SUI) 6 77  
10   John Isner (USA) 4 65  
  1   Roger Federer (SUI) 3 77 19  
  8   Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) 6 65 17  
15   Kei Nishikori (JPN) 4 64
  8   Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) 6 77  
    1   Roger Federer (SUI) 2 1 4
  3   Andy Murray (GBR) 6 6 6
  11   Nicolás Almagro (ESP) 4 1  
3   Andy Murray (GBR) 6 6  
3   Andy Murray (GBR) 7 7
  2   Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5 5     Bronze medal match
5   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 1 5
  2   Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6 7     8   Juan Martín del Potro (ARG) 7 6
  2   Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5 4

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First round   Second round   Third round   Quarter-finals
1   R Federer (SUI) 6 5 6  
  A Falla (COL) 3 7 3     1   R Federer (SUI) 6 6  
  J Benneteau (FRA) 7 6     J Benneteau (FRA) 2 2  
  M Youzhny (RUS) 5 3       1   R Federer (SUI) 7 6  
IP   A Ungur (ROU) 3 3         D Istomin (UZB) 5 3  
  G Müller (LUX) 6 6       G Müller (LUX) 77 63 5
  D Istomin (UZB) 6 711     D Istomin (UZB) 64 77 7  
14   F Verdasco (ESP) 4 69       1   R Federer (SUI) 6 77
10   J Isner (USA) 77 6       10   J Isner (USA) 4 65
  O Rochus (BEL) 61 4     10   J Isner (USA) 77 6  
  Y-h Lu (TPE) 610 6 3   IP   M Jaziri (TUN) 61 2  
IP   M Jaziri (TUN) 712 4 6       10   J Isner (USA) 7 716
  L Lacko (SVK) 65 1       7   J Tipsarević (SRB) 5 614  
Alt   P Petzschner (GER) 77 6     Alt   P Petzschner (GER) 6 3 4
  D Nalbandian (ARG) 3 4   7   J Tipsarević (SRB) 3 6 6  
7   J Tipsarević (SRB) 6 6  

Section 2[edit]

First round   Second round   Third round   Quarter-finals
4   D Ferrer (ESP) 6 6  
IP   V Pospisil (CAN) 4 4     4   D Ferrer (ESP) 6 6  
Alt   V Vardhan (IND) 3 2   IP   B Kavčič (SLO) 2 2  
IP   B Kavčič (SLO) 6 6       4   D Ferrer (ESP) 0 6 4  
  R Štěpánek (CZE) 4 3       15   K Nishikori (JPN) 6 3 6  
  N Davydenko (RUS) 6 6       N Davydenko (RUS) 6 4 1
  B Tomic (AUS) 64 64   15   K Nishikori (JPN) 4 6 6  
15   K Nishikori (JPN) 77 77       15   K Nishikori (JPN) 4 64
12   G Simon (FRA) 6 6       8   JM del Potro (ARG) 6 77
  M Kukushkin (KAZ) 4 2     12   G Simon (FRA) 6 6  
  Ł Kubot (POL) 3 64     G Dimitrov (BUL) 3 3  
  G Dimitrov (BUL) 6 77       12   G Simon (FRA) 1 6 3
  A Seppi (ITA) 6 6       8   JM del Potro (ARG) 6 4 6  
  D Young (USA) 4 4       A Seppi (ITA) 3 62
  I Dodig (CRO) 4 1   8   JM del Potro (ARG) 6 77  
8   JM del Potro (ARG) 6 6  

Bottom half[edit]

Section 3[edit]

First round   Second round   Third round   Quarter-finals
6   T Berdych (CZE) 4 4  
  S Darcis (BEL) 6 6       S Darcis (BEL) 64 6 6  
  S Giraldo (COL) 7 6     S Giraldo (COL) 77 4 4  
  R Harrison (USA) 5 3         S Darcis (BEL) 5 3  
  A Bogomolov, Jr. (RUS) 7 77       11   N Almagro (ESP) 7 6  
  C Berlocq (ARG) 5 65       A Bogomolov, Jr. (RUS) 2 2
  V Troicki (SRB) 4 63   11   N Almagro (ESP) 6 6  
11   N Almagro (ESP) 6 77       11   N Almagro (ESP) 4 1
16   R Gasquet (FRA) 6 6       3   A Murray (GBR) 6 6
  R Haase (NED) 3 3     16   R Gasquet (FRA) 4 4  
  G Soeda (JPN) 78 65 2     M Baghdatis (CYP) 6 6  
  M Baghdatis (CYP) 66 77 6         M Baghdatis (CYP) 6 1 4
IP   S Devvarman (IND) 3 1       3   A Murray (GBR) 4 6 6  
  J Nieminen (FIN) 6 6       J Nieminen (FIN) 2 4
  S Wawrinka (SUI) 3 3   3   A Murray (GBR) 6 6  
3   A Murray (GBR) 6 6  

Section 4[edit]

First round   Second round   Third round   Quarter-finals
5   J-W Tsonga (FRA) 65 6 6  
IP   T Bellucci (BRA) 77 4 4     5   J-W Tsonga (FRA) 6 3 25  
  T Ito (JPN) 3 4     M Raonic (CAN) 3 6 23  
  M Raonic (CAN) 6 6       5   J-W Tsonga (FRA) 77 6  
  D Tursunov (RUS) 77 2 7         F López (ESP) 65 4  
  F López (ESP) 65 6 9       F López (ESP) 6 6
  D Goffin (BEL) 4 1   9   J Mónaco (ARG) 4 4  
9   J Mónaco (ARG) 6 6       5   J-W Tsonga (FRA) 1 5
13   M Čilić (CRO) 77 6       2   N Djokovic (SRB) 6 7
  J Melzer (AUT) 65 2     13   M Čilić (CRO) 4 5  
IP   L Hewitt (AUS) 6 4 6   IP   L Hewitt (AUS) 6 7  
IP   S Stakhovsky (UKR) 3 6 3       IP   L Hewitt (AUS) 6 5 1
  A Roddick (USA) 7 6       2   N Djokovic (SRB) 4 7 6  
  M Kližan (SVK) 5 4       A Roddick (USA) 2 1
  F Fognini (ITA) 79 2 2   2   N Djokovic (SRB) 6 6  
2   N Djokovic (SRB) 67 6 6  

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