Historical podium. This Wednesday marks eight years of a memorable day for world tennis. On August 5, 2012, in London, at The Cathedral, on the legendary Wimbledon lawn, the Scottish Andy Murray was crowned champion in the Olympic Games keeping the gold medal, while the Swiss Roger Federer obtained the silver and Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro got the bronze.
Beyond the special appointment for being the Olympic event, the stage gave tennis a plus. For the only time, Wimbledon, the London Grand Slam, dressed up to host the Olympic Games and the podium was particular, for various reasons. In less than a month, Murray retaliated from the defeat against Federer in the final of that Grand Slam, only being able to cut the historic drought of a Briton in his 77-year-old Major the following year.
In the Grand Slam final, the Swiss beat the Scotsman in four sets after beating Serbian Novak Djokovic in semi and thus took the No. 1 away from him. But immediately afterwards the Olympic fight arrived and there was a sweet revenge for Murray, before his people, since he beat him in three sets, without problems, also taking advantage of the fact that Federer came from battling extremely hard with Del Potro in a marathon semifinal defined by 19-17 in the third set.
Murray was the executioner of the Serbian in semi and was extremely pleased with Federer, no less than at Wimbledon, the second home of the Swiss, owner of the title record there. The public raved about the British, supported a lot from the stands, despite the tremendous fanaticism that exists for the Swiss, who dreamed of being for the first time individual gold in an Olympic competition.
Meanwhile, Del Potro became the first Argentine tennis player to climb onto a podium at the Olympic Games in men’s singles. The Tandilense beat Djokovic in two sets and achieved a milestone, which even improved four years later, when he repeated the victory against the Serbian, but in the debut, to later beat the Spanish Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and yield against Murray in the final of Rio de Janeiro 2016.
For this reason, too, London 2012 will be kept in the memory of fans from Alicante. And it was a bitter taste for Djokovic, who could not be third. That triumph by Del Potro was surprising at La Catedral, to the point that Federer, after falling in the final, was waiting for the Serb to get on the podium and asked the Argentine, surprised, on whether he had been able to defeat the Belgrade.
Eight years after that historic day, the memories are still so strong for some protagonists and millions of fans.