Exactly one month after they met in the Wimbledon Finals, Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Switzerland’s Roger Federer will meet again, only this time the stakes are even higher as a gold medal and national pride is on the line.
Federer, the No. 1 seed, defeated Juan Martin del Porto in the semi-finals to advance to the gold medal game while Murray defeated Novak Djokavic to set up the Wimbledon rematch.
Today’s gold medal match will be a chance for redemption for the Dublane-born Murray who was defeated in last month’s Wimbledon Final by Federer in a hotly contested match. Murray was loudly cheered by the home crowd at Wimbledon and gave a tearful acknowledgement after his defeat. Expect not only the British crowd to come out in droves behind Murray, but also Murray’s native Scots to stand firmly behind their hometown kid.
Murray also has a chance at gold in the mixed doubles as he and Laura Robson reached the finals after beating Germany’s Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki.
Last month’s Wimbledon final was touted as a potential passing of the torch match, and had Murray won, it would have marked the first time in over 50 years that a player from Great Britain had claimed a Wimbledon title. Instead it marked the seventh time Federer hoisted the trophy.
But this time it’s the Olympics — so it’s more than personal.
“Now I’m in the final, I have the chance to win a gold medal,” Murray said. ”I’m not going to have that chance for another four years. So I’ll give it everything I can to try to do that.”
The match for the gold will mark the first time Murray and Federer are meeting in the Olympics but with exactly one month separating their last, high profile, high stakes match it’s looking like we will be in for one of the more memorable Olympic moments of the 2012 games.