Del Potro Outlasts Nadal In Rio Epic, Will Face Fresh Murray For Olympic Gold; Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | August 13th, 2016, 8:05 pm
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As Bravo analyst Paul Annacone said, “OH MY GOODNESS”. And that about sums up today’s Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal match won by the Argentine 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5). I don’t like to use the term epic, but that’s what this match with great points, great drama and great spirit as two warriors battled each other and their gimpy left wrists for over three hours.

Del Potro led early with a break but Nadal, with hours upon hours of court time, didn’t get down, didn’t give in and didn’t give up. He broke back and seized another break to take the opener.

The big Argentine began to find the range in second, bombing away with the forehand riding an early break to force a third. And then the fun really began.

Del Potro saved a break during a 10-minute game early on. The two continued to trade blows until Nadal played a real shaky ninth game serving 4-all giving Del Potro the break.

But serving for the match 5-4, improbably Del Potro couldn’t get a point. As Annacone rightly forecasted, this could be the toughest service game of Del Potro’s career. And it was. Nadal broke at love. Unbelievable!

With the South American crowd at a fever pitch, a 5-5 somehow Nadal got down 0-40 on his serve. But if that wasn’t enough, Del Potro simply couldn’t convert and get the break!

Nadal held, so did Del Potro and to the breaker we went. Wow.

Del Potro pulled ahead in the breaker 3-0 then hung on for the 7-5 win when a Nadal forehand sailed wide.

Big points, big forehands and big emotions. What a match.

“I am living like a dream,” said Del Potro. “It could be better than US Open tournament. My emotions are so high after every match. The crowds make me cry in every match and I would like to say thank you to them.”

For Nadal, no shame whatsoever in losing his first Olympic singles match. After all the tennis he’s played, I was surprised he put up that much of a fight. But full credit to Rafa, the wrist took about as big of a pounding as it could take and so far so good. The reviews are in and they are all positive. And, he has one more match to go!

“It was good match, good level of tennis and all I can say is congratulations to Del Potro,” said Nadal. “I try my best, I give my best ’til the last ball but that’s like this. I am very satisfied by what I did the whole week.

“Tomorrow is another day and I going to try to be ready for it.”

Earlier, Murray rolled Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 in just 79 minutes. He’s now 7-1 against the Japanese and he’s peaking at the right time.

“I played really well and I served well, by far the best this week.” said Murray. “That last service game I think was the only one that went to deuce on my serve, maybe two in the match, but I didn’t give him any opportunities on my serve and I was very aggressive when I was returning, so yeah, it was a good performance.”

Murray’s won 17 straight and 28 of his last 29, he’s try become the first player to defend a single gold. So life is good for the Scot, and real good going into the final…

Juan Martin Del Potro v Andy Murray (Gold Medal Match)
They big statistic in this match is the format and it’s best-of-5! So right there, it’s over for Del Potro. I just don’t see any way the big man can win three from Murray not after what he went through not only today but the whole week.

Remember, Del Potro isn’t used to playing this many matches in a week, and now after all that tennis and winning five straight in singles he’s faced with best-of-5 against the defending gold medalist and against someone he has trouble with?

Murray leads this series 5-2 and 4-1 on the hardcourts. But they’ve only played once this decade that won by Delpo at 2013 Indian Wells.

“Juan Martin has played great this event,” Murray said. “I think he obviously gained a lot of confidence from his win against Novak, and he won against Wawrinka at Wimbledon, so he’s starting to get back to a level he can play at after his wrist problems. It’s good for him.”

Still, freshness is the key and Murray has it by leaps and bounds. Del Potro will continue to crack the forehand (as he should) but Murray’s quickness, defense and return of serve prevails here. If Murray can just get enough balls back with the majority to the Delpo backhand, he’ll be fine. And if he extends the rallies early on, getting into Delpo’s oxygen supply thought would set the tone.

In best-of-3 I’d give Delpo a chance with the crowd and his forehand. But over five sets after the three hours today, I just cannot see it.

“It would mean a lot, it’s obviously not an easy thing to do, that’s why it’s not been done before,” Murray said of winning the gold again. “But I will go out there and give it my best effort. I’m happy that I’m guaranteed a medal after today but the goal is to win a gold medal so I will give it my best effort tomorrow to win another one.”

I think in his mind and body and from where he came from a year ago, Delpo’s content with the silver and happy to have done what he’s done this week – becoming the ninth player to beat both Nadal and Novak Djokovic in an event. Thankfully, win or lose tomorrow, it looks like he’ll have more chances ahead.
The Pick: Murray in 3

Rafael Nadal v Kei Nishikori (Bronze Medal Match)
Yup, Rafa’s not done yet. He’ll meet Nishikori for the bronze later Sunday so his Olympics aren’t done yet.

Nadal has won nine of 10 against Nishikori including earlier this year at Indian Wells.

“I hope I can recover well tonight and refresh my mind for tomorrow,” said Nishikori. “This is something new for me, after losing I have to play one more match for the medal so hopefully I can recover well, especially on the mental side, and I hope I can play good tennis tomorrow.”

And I know Rafa’s weary and worn out, but I think he’ll summon enough to get the bronze here. Why not!
The pick: Nadal in 3

Bravo will have live coverage of the gold medal matches at 11am ET with Murray-Delpo at 3:3pm ET. Let’s hope Delpo can get a good night of rest, he’ll need it.

SUNDAY RIO OLYMPICS SCHEDULE

Centre Court starting at 12:00
(7) MAKAROVA / VESNINA (RUS) vs (5) BACSINSZKY / HINGIS (SUI) ** GOLO MEDAL
not before 14:00
MATTEK-SANDS / SOCK (USA) vs (ITF) WILLIAMS / RAM (USA) ** GOLD MEDAL
not before 15:30
DEL POTRO Juan Martin (ARG) vs (2) MURRAY Andy (GBR) ** GOLD MEDAL

Court 1 starting at 12:00
HRADECKA / STEPANEK (CZE) vs (4) MIRZA / BOPANNA (IND) ** BRONZE MEDAL
not before 13:30
(3) NADAL Rafael (ESP) vs (4) NISHIKORI Kei (JPN) ** BRONZE MEDAL


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95 Comments for Del Potro Outlasts Nadal In Rio Epic, Will Face Fresh Murray For Olympic Gold; Who’s The Pick?

Danica Says:

No brainer, this one. Andy for the gold!


jane Says:

“Nadal, with hours upon hours of court time”

you got that right!

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Rafa has been on court 19h this week. Thats more than 12 soccer matches.

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also, i agree with your picks. i can’t imagine delpo will win tomorrow, esp after the later and epic clash he came through, plus the h2h with murray. he seems to know it himself, as be literally said “it’s enough” to have already secured silver. well he beat both novak and rafa to get there; what a week for him no matter what!

i still wonder what he might’ve achieved at wimbledon if he didn’t run into stan so early and have to play back-to-back matches.

i think we will see big things from delpo if he stays healthy and keeps climbing the rankings. he gets no points for this week, but i assume the USO will give him a wild card.


James Says:

in 2012 Delpo played the 4.5 hour semi against Federer (and lost) – but that pretty much gave the gold to Murray since Fed was totally tired and Murray was fresh.

this time, Nadal did to Delpo what Delpo did to Fed in 2012. Murray is the beneficiary again!


El_matador Says:

I Just hope delpo wins the gold for argentina(10% chance) or plays bullshit and loses quickly like kei does against the big 4…i don’t want any more glorious failure..all those lost davis cup finals,indian wells final,wtf final,that roger match,world cup final,copa finals..i’m tired..


AndyMira Says:

Even though he lost to Delpo,i am very proud to be Rafael Nadal’s fan…Thank you for being a GREAT CHAMPION AND A GREAT HUMAN BEING…As for today…if Delpo win,i am going to be very happy for him and if Andy win[which is i think he will]i will be very very very happy as well not only for him but especially for his BELOVED AND LOYAL FANS on this site..none other than the incredible,sweet,kind,generous with nice and good words,very supportive and very loving person and an awesome poster…..MARGOT!!!!!!…also JK and RZ..

Good luck to Delpo and Andee!


AndyMira Says:

Oh forgot to pick..Andy in two!Or three..oh wait!Doesn’t matter…ANDY WILL WIN!!!!


Wog Boy Says:

As much as I believe that Andy is overwhelming favorite (80%) Delpo might surprise us all. It’s true, it was three hours match, but in 2009 USO Delpo played against Rafa in SF (three fairly easy sets) and very next day he beat Roger in five sets.
In this match he has some extra incentives, playing for his country, fans will be with him, not much tennis played as of lately so body and mind is not so tired and fed up with tennis, on the contrary, he is hungry with a point to prove.
If he doesn’t succumbed mentally to pressure he might give Andy run for the money, and what a monumental success that would be, to beat three multiple GS winners in order to win Gold for his country, those chances doesn’t come along often if at all!


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ and don’t forget that Delpo after 4,5 hours match with Roger beat Nole in two set to win the bronze in London Olympics, if he could do that then (after tougher match) he certanly can do it now.


James Says:

Wog Boy, that was Djokovic of 2012 (in a slump after 2011) who had lost interest once he lost in the semi. This time its Murray who is on a high after winning Wimbledon and getting Lendl back in camp, plus its a best of 5 match rather than best of 3.

Luck has been on Murray’s side in both Olympics. There is NO WAY Del Potro beats Murray today in a best of 5, absolutely no way.


Wog Boy Says:

James,

I am just tossing all the options, “pro et contra”.


Wog Boy Says:

Dr Ivo, 37 years of age and still winning the titles, just beat Lopez in two to win Los Cabos, I like him but not his tennis, though second set was really nice to watch. What a summer Ivo is having!


Colin Says:

I don’t like to seem unappreciative of the effort displayed by Delpo and Rafa, but I have to say the deciding set may have been great drama, but much of the time it wasn’t great tennis. Points were being lost rather than won, and I think it means those damaged wrists still have a way to go. I’m not great on technicalities, but I reckon the shocking misses on Rafa’s part happened because he can’t get the huge topspin that used to keep the ball in court. Delpo’s misses? Probably over-excitement, with the wrist still not quite firm enough.

Of course I want Andy to win gold, but I also hope it’s not too easy, otherwise the dreaded asterisk will rear its head again!

OK, not all the GB competitors were born and bred in Britain, but other countries, particularly the USA, field “adopted” athletes without much fuss being made. Considering the colossal difference in size between the UK and America (more so China), and I think we do very well to be third in the medals table at this stage.


AndyMira Says:

M…if you have time to look at this,i want you to read your comment at 12:35pm…it’s time to get your fingers out of your ears and start to listen to the sound of glory that maybe will come later in full speed…you’re going to miss it if you didn’t do it now..http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2016-07-23/23583.php#comments


Margot Says:

OK AM:
Just pulling and tugging and wrenching my fingers out of my ears now……But eeeeeeeee, yikes, its no good I just remembered I superglued them in.
And while I’m here, please send my trusty sofa back immediately. Contrary to my expectations, FedExpress seems very reliable and will do the job nicely…..;)


AndyMira Says:

M….Ha ha ha ha…why in God’s name did you do that for?How can you hear all the screaming and shrieking that will sure erupted after last match point M??I mean,i’m already practiced to fist pumping and vamosing all over my house the entire day just for Andy and Rafa!

Btw…err..bout your sofa…can i give you a new one instead M?It seems your antic sofa can’t withstand the punch and kick and slap and razor kick that okie and i put on it last night…i never thought that Okie can give your poor sofa a razor kick repeatedly over and over again…brrr!!don’t mess with her M..


AndyMira Says:

M…i got an article just right to prepare yourself for tonight’s match..hope you still not read it..http://www.firstpost.com/sports/rio-olympics-2016-why-playing-for-country-brings-out-the-very-best-in-andy-murray-2955112.html


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……hang in there……I hope Andy can win this. I like DP….I really do, but not today!! C’mon Andy! Good luck! Okie


Okiegal Says:

@AM…..you have me pictured doing lots of big kicks….I wish I was! I’m kickin’ it, but not too high. I am getting ready to go on vacation. We have many places we’re going to. Will be doing lots of walking. I walked 2 miles last night to get myself in shape to do this. I have 3 weeks…….wish me luck!!


Margot Says:

Wot? Wot? You two have wrecked my trusty sofa? Gals, you were meant to hide behind it, not kick the stuffing out of it. You can go right off people you know!
*sobs unconsolably and leaves the room*


AndyMira Says:

M!M!…wait a minute!….See okie..look what you’ve done to M!I told you not to swallow a whole barrel of Smoothies..your blood sugar got so high and you can’t stop yourself from doing that…that lawn-mower pump a la Rrafa to M’s beloved sofa whom also contained ‘Wales map’ all over it…and we can’t persuade her UNLESS Andy win tonight..and you better pray for that okie!


AndyMira Says:

Okie…i’m so glad you’re going vacation soon…i hope you still posting here once in a while..i sure gonna miss you since you can’t access FB through your Kindle…i hope you’re going to enjoy it to the fullest okie…you deserve it after the tough time you have to endure..VAMOS OKIE!!!


Alexandra Says:

Rafa and Delpo showed why they care for tennis in the Olympics. No points or money, just for the glory. Shame a lot of players view it differently. I’m looking at you Dominik Thiem.


MADMAX Says:

Sean, I agree with your prediction for once.

It will most likely be the case that Murray will win gold. Then he will have won a double olympic gold, meaning that he will be knighted, so it will be Sir Andy Murray. I don’t agree with this. For no other reason than, no one is that important to be knighted ‘Sir’. So I will say this now.

I would say that for Federer, for Rafa, for anyone. Sir. Oh My God. Just wait for it.

J-Kath, knowing what your thoughts are on politics, I suppose you would pleased if Andy won Gold and then was mentioned in the honours list, then at least the UK would be to your advantage, politics wise, and of course, you wouldn’t want Scotland to be independent then, so Westminster is never more important to you than it is now.

It’s thought provoking isn’t it? When it works in your favour.

Personally, I feel this Rio olympics, with a depleted sport force, has lost its’ verve for me, of course, completely understand the Murray fans excitement.

Del Potro, either way, will now come out with a medal, silver or gold, most likely silver. Then he will be a double medalist, either way. Same with Andy, a double medalist.

So, really, it is a win/win for both players.

Match on!


J-Kath Says:

Madmax

Sorri mate, you couldn’t be further from the reality. I oppose the honours list completely whether I prefer to be in the Union or not. It is a load of crap. If memory serves me right, Andy was asked if he wanted a Knighthood previously and he said No. He did accept the OBE, given as a result of 1st Brit. to win Wimb. for onks years. I would have preferred for him to refuse it as one of the Poet Laureate did – but I suppose Andy would have got even more hate mail than he gets now.

I’m not enamoured of the Olympics but it’s up to individuals to decide.

FYI the Andy v Juan match will be informative re. Davis Cup in Sept. GB v Argentine!!!! It’s like the buses, you can’t get one for love nor money then they start arriving in multiples.

Ciao.


BBB Says:

I’m not a fan of changing the format for the finals.

JK – would be kind of fun if Andy accepted a knighthood and ended up in the House of Lords….


Anto Says:

it looks like nadal wont even get a bronze.


Khb Says:

True, Colin. It was nowhere near nole’s high level, but nole played so much tennis that he couldn’t get fit & emotional enough to beat Del Po.
Nole still played tiebreaks despite the clear physical disadvantage in wimbledon & olympics. Nadal didn’t want to lose to Nole, so he stopped playing french open.
If del Po & Nadal were so weak, they wouldn’t have been in a third set tiebreak.

Nole was more unfit than how he showed since Wimbledon.
In 2012, he was in despair and couldn’t bring himself to fight hard either. This gave Federina the chance to gloat and brag about dominating tennis in 2011-2012 for 5 months, with no champ in his draws & just the injured Nole & Nadal around.


Okiegal Says:

More than likely, Anto, but he was mighty happy with his dubs gold! So proud of his play at the Olympics, but I personally hope he hasn’t overdone it regarding his wrist We will see! And I will congratulate Kei and fans now…..no doubt the bronze is his……


Anto Says:

He broke back. Just delaying the inevitable though.


Anto Says:

Nishikori proving once again he cant finish things off


J-Kath Says:

BBB

Oh my goodness. What an imagine! Ermine coat and all.

The truth of the “Honours” – they were originally related to the so-called greatness of the British Empire – and there were Scottish regiments involved too. However, if there was an argument for taking these “titles” as an honour, David Cameron finished it by nominating his wife’s hairdresser for an honour. Surely that is when the judge decrees “guilty against the state.”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great pic. of him and Kim getting the OBE all the same. Did you see it?


J-Kath Says:

BBB

Such a picture would compete with Andy in the Bath and/or Andy in his Xmas sweater….tut, tut, tut….what on earth would the Lords and Ladies think?


J-Kath Says:

Okie:

It ain’t over til its over – especially not with warrior Rafa.


Anto Says:

But i still see nadal losing this. I will be glad if he proves me wrong.


Anto Says:

And nadal wins the second set. Now can he win the decisive set


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath…..I’m gobsmacked atm! You are right…it ain’t over til it’s over. I don’t know how just did that….he is a warrior, as you say! The adrenaline has kicked in!
WOW, JUST WOW!

VAMOS!


Colin Says:

BBB, if Andy got a knighthood he wouldn’t go to the House of Lords. It’s peers go there, not mere knights.

I have always been completely against Honours for people from the world of entertainment (which is what professional sport is, after all). The idea of Honours is to give recognition for someone’s achievements, often to people who would otherwise remain obscure.

Pop stars, actors, well-known sportsmen and such, have already HAD recognition from their fans, and have made plenty of money out of it. Harold Wilson (Labour Prime Minister in the 1960s and 1970s, started the trend when he gave minor Honours to the Beatles. Some previous recipients of the Honour (I forget what it was) sent back theirs, saying the award had been cheapened, and I must say I agree with them. By the way, the monarch doesn’t make the choices, but receives a list of recommendations from the Prime Minister – as with Cameron’s laughable gift to his wife’s hairdresser.


Colin Says:

I usually miss something. This time I neglected to close a bracket.


Anto Says:

Nishikori up a break in the final set. I dont think nadal can come back this time.


Daniel Says:

What is Nadal complaining so much?! Crowd, Kei, Umpire…


Anto Says:

Finally Nishikori won the bronze. Congrats Kei.


Khb Says:

Love djokerdal matches, but Novak isn’t there to choke, so nadal’s yelling angrily.


BBB Says:

Aw Colin, you killjoy :) Maybe they’ll change the rules for Andy…. I mean, two Wimbledons, plus Olympic gold….

LOL JK!


Giles Says:

Kei is a chest. End of story!


BBB Says:

Nice to see Venus on the podium! With more medals than her sister.

And Jack Sock! Two Olympic medals, including a gold, with walking pneumonia. Holy smokes. No excuses when I don’t feel like working out.


Giles Says:

Commies said Kei is known for using long bathroom break tactics .
# Cheat


Giles Says:

cheat not chest


Danica Says:

Yeah and Rafa never stops play before important point to run for another racquet, or towel, or what not.

Be humble and congratulate the samurai who won fair and square.


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel 3:24……Complaining because Okiegal and AndiMira weren’t in the stands to pump him up…….LOl


skeezer Says:

@Danica
Lol ;)
So true.


Okiegal Says:

Why was Kei so long at the bathroom break?? Oh, I know why….he is thinking that it worked for Federer, so why not me!!😁😁😁


J-Kath Says:

Yep BBB.

PS @ Okie: Andy and Rafa have booked a plane out of Rio tonight. Andy flaking at the moment. Ah well.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Andy better hold it together…..that crowd is so rude….applauding double faults. That could get under one’s skin in a hurry!! Kath it’s just getting started…..hang tough. Andy has his spirit going on atm….which is a good thing!!


AndyMira Says:

Pressure squarely if not bigger on Andy’s side because he knows everybody expect him to win easily considering Delpo’s condition…hope he’s not fall to this trap…and Delpo look gassed atm..but we never know with this great champion..


Wog Boy Says:

I am not big fan of kamikaze (actually not his fan at all), but hasn’t Rafa employed sam tactics at AO 2014, toilet breaks, whenever he was in trouble, Dimitrov, Nishikori..


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

You should feel privileged and I feel ignored, this time around Mad Max dropped me off her list, didn’t mentioned me, only you, I am so jealous at you..


Wog Boy Says:

…and first set goes to Andy..


Wog Boy Says:

“…..that crowd is so rude….applauding double fault.”

Okie, are you talking about NY crowd by any chance? Or maybe Basel one?


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

MM assumed the exact opposite – otherwise it could have been pistols at dawn. I’ll see what I can do to start the pot on the boil – the stirring spoon is yours.

Talking about on the boil – Okiegal wee Andy may not win….but again maybe he will. hope that helps!!!! (missing emojics boo hoo).


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

No worries, I like the stirring spoon, I often spend time in the kitchen cooking my favorite dishes (not really vegan ones) when I am off work (and I don’t feel like corner shop chicken and chips)…and my wife doesn’t mind me being in kitchen, as the matter of fact, she is encouraging me, I wonder why, I must be missing something..you reckon?:)


J-Kath Says:

Margot: Did the Bailiffs come for your settee…I heard a number of people were claiming it.???? Is that why you are not posting….nowhere to sit?


Alexandra Says:

Never thought of Nishikori as cheater, now I do. He obvioulsy learned this from Chang.


BBB Says:

JK, so much pressure on Andy, especially given DP’s predicted fatigue.


J-Kath Says:

Colin: I did mention the hair dresser….lol

BBB: Indeedie…Andy will fight to the end. And if he doesn’t win he’ll never forgive himself. History between them hardly counts. Match tiredness? It happens but it has to be extensive to really count. This is the first 5 setter of the contest (as you know) so makes a difference to both.


J-Kath Says:

Okie: Rafa/Andy’s plane supposed to leave at 9.pm…ask Rafa please to hold it – rather looks like it will be 9.00am in the morning.


Daniel Says:

DelPo breaking again in 4th set, can he force a fifth and will he have anyhting left still?

Had to miss the end of the match, at the airport returning to Rio. Will only knows who wins when landed😱


Okiegal Says:

@JK….Oh my….. you know the plane schedules?? I don’t think Rafa would try….I have a feeling going home is the most important thing to him atm….he was so spent!
Wow….this match is still going on. I went to church for an hr to come home and see that there is no gold yet! I also forgot about a 5 setter being possible…..we will see! WHAT A MATCH!!


Daniel Says:

DelPo serving for 4th set. damm, hope his endurance last. It would be amazing for him winning here after all he has been through


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Here is an emoji for you. As Margot would
say….😱😱😱😱 eeeek!!


Daniel Says:

Checking scores and Murray breaks back. Murray doesn’t want to go to a fifth at all.


J-Kath Says:

Daniel: Why would you expect him to want to go to a fifth?


BBB Says:

A five-setter when they’ve been playing consecutive days seems ridiculous. But maybe they were meant to have a day off yesterday?

Re crowd noise – Tennis Channel has been rerunning last year’s US Open. I remembered it as being boorish at the time, but it’s only worse when you see it again.


AndyMira Says:

YES!!That’s it!!…BIGGGGGG congrats to ANDEE and HIS BELOVED AND LOYAL FANS…THE THREE MUSKETEERS..M,JK,RZ and other Andy fans whoever you are…And also to Okie and Willow[somewhere out there]…WOW!!Just WOW!!…2 gold…no other greats manage to do what Andy did…AWESOME ANDEE!!!!

M…please don’t be mad at Andy for putting you through hell and back..that was nervous and pressure in full mode…i bet today,tomorrow and for the eternity will be the most happiest moment in your life M….And HUG that happiness to your chest tightly M and don’t ever let go okay??Biggggggg and warm virtual hugs from me especially for you M……VAMOS ANDY!!!


J-Kath Says:

Okie: Tell Rafa to warm up the engine.

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.

It’s way past my bedtime and I’ve drunk too much wine.


AndyMira Says:

Very very sorry for Delpo who is a great champion and a great human being himself…wish all the best for him in the future..


Markus Says:

Wow! That must be the most exciting tennis tournament I’ve seen all year. Congratulations to Andy Murray. He worked so hard for this victory. I hope this is a sign that del Potro will be back as a major force in tennis again.


Okiegal Says:

A very nice exchange at the net…..I guess Andy forgave him for being rude to him about his Mum a few years back!

Congrats to Andy and fans! 2 GOLDS…..WOWZER! Glad he won….. but had DP won, it would have been a good comeback story for him with all his health issues he has had to deal with. A hard fought match! Loved it….


BBB Says:

Okie – that made me laugh. What did Del Potro say? I have to admit, Judy inspires rudeness.

Congrats to Andy. Well done. And though Del Potro must be disappointed, he nevertheless has to be amazed that he was able to play at this level once again.


J-Kath Says:

Good of you to say so Markus. You’ve been pretty tough on Andy in the past. All is forgiven.


Wog Boy Says:

Congrats to Andy and his fans, two Olympic golds, wow, just wow!


Okiegal Says:

@BBB……google on you tube…..Andy and DP altercation. It has been a long time ago, but they had words on change over….don’t know what year, but it’s out there. Hey, I am happy people can forgive one another.


Markus Says:

Yes, J-Kath, I have been pretty tough and outright rude to Andy recently. I have my reasons but I don’t want to divulge it.


jane Says:

congrats to muzz, delpo and kei for their medals – and a honorary mention to rafa. ;)


chrisford1 Says:

Okie – del Potro didn’t need to win gold to make his run at the Olympics a top comeback story.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Andy, 2nd Gold!
The hero of the Olympics Tennis however is Delpo. Long Will he be remembered for his historic run.


Wog Boy Says:

If Andy falls short less than 750 points of becaming #1 at the end of the year, or at all, he has all the reasons to be filthy with ITF and ATP for not giving points for tournament that is right up there next to GS. It is just ridiculous to decide not give any points.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath….lol Engines fired up and ready to get out of Dodge! I know you guys are so proud of Andy. It was a great win. So the secret is out….wine gets you through these matches! If your guy wins you are way ahead of the celebration and if it’s a loss, you just say, aww, who cares, it’s just another match…..😏😏😏😏🍷🍷🍷🍷Cheers to JK and Margot!!


Okiegal Says:

JK….that little emoji is eyeballing the glasses of wine…if you didn’t notice!! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@cf1 8:46…..So true! But a gold medal would have been the icing on the cake! He had a great week and so happy for him. He was spent but played his guts out anyway…..


jane Says:

wog boy, i agree. they should give points and they should make olympic tennis more of team format like DC. in olympic years, olympics should take the place of DC and the tour schedule should be arranged accordingly. olympic tennis should stretch over two weeks. just my twocents. :)


Okiegal Says:

@JK….I now understand the plane deal…..Rafa and Andy shared a private jet. I just now read about that….headed to Cincy together…..COOL! See now why Rafa could stop the flight……..I guess?? Lol


MADMAX Says:

J-Kath,

I have only read your response to mine, so thanks for that.

British or Scottish? :-)

Seems that when the medal is won, it’s British/UK, but for all other reasons, it’s Scottish. I know you understand.

I have spoken to a lot of tennis fans, Thomas Urban, Ling Nehm, and others who feel similarly. This olympics has been a depleted one affected by real and not so believable ‘excuses’.

Of course, to win a double olympic medal, is unbelievable. I just hope that in the future, any tennis fan now cannot cite, ‘Oh, but he/she wasn’t playing’. It kind of makes a mockery of the whole tournament/any tournament.

Now, let’s see the papers going over board. This is the beauty of the British/Scottish (?) press. This will be dragged on and out, for the next 12 months and beyond.

Does anyone really care about Olympic tennis?
When you think that Michael Phelps , the most decorated athlete of all time, with 22 Gold Medals, it does make one think.


MADMAX Says:

Oki,

I did think of both you and Hippy – but what a match! Gripping to the end. There is still time though, for Rafa, with another Olympic bash at Tokyo, 2020. You just never know.

Seems he has recovered and is on the ‘Up’.


J-Kath Says:

Madmax

The players care about Olympic tennis – at least those who entered. Perhaps the potential virus kept a few away this time (+ lack of ranking points.). A further problem is the timing…closely followed by Cinci, US Open, Davis Cup and O2.


Daniel Says:

Olympics tennis will always have schedule issues. The obly times of the year it could happen being “fair” to players would be end of February or end of September. This are the only gaps when you have 4 weeks without any major tourneys (Slams or Masters) happening, after AO before IW or After USO before Shangai. Any pther time of the year and basically if will be back to back to a Masters or a Slam.

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