Federer wins opener at Olympics Games; Berdych defeated
July 28, 2012 · Print This Article
Olympic Games—London, England
Playing his first event since winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, top seed Roger Federer struggled but defeated Alejandro Falla in the opening round of the London Olympics on Saturday.
Taking the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, Federer began in brilliant fashion before his gritty left-handed opponent won the second set and left the world No. 1’s Gold medal bid in danger. However, playing with purpose and precision, Federer bounced back and defeated his Colombian opponent in one hour and 47 minutes. Striking 44 winners to 26 unforced errors, Federer will next face Julian Benneteau, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-3. Benneteau led Federer by two sets to love during the third-round of Wimbledon this year.
Elsewhere, No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych continued his dismal form as he dropped his second straight match on Wimbledon’s Center Court after an inspired Steve Darcis prevailed, 6-4, 6-4.
Falling on numerous occasions during his straight set defeat, Berdych will next set his sights on competing at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Darcis will take on Santiago Giraldo in round two.
Other players to advance on Saturday included Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner, Nicolas Almagro, Gilles Simon and Grigor Dimitrov. Donald Young and Fernando Verdasco were both defeated in straight sets.
Sunday’s order of play at the Olympics will feature Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Ferrer.