Triumphs, Tears and Talking Points from Tokyo 2020

Before the Tennis kicked off in Tokyo the talk was about who wasn’t there but it should always be about those who are in Tokyo as they are the true headline makers.

Belinda Bencic wins Gold & Silver

What a week for Belinda Bencic, runner-up in the women’s doubles with Viktoria Golubic losing 5-7 1-6 in the final against Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova and her partner Katerina Siniakova.

Not only a silver on Sunday morning but a well deserved Gold Medal on Saturday! The Swiss who only turned 24 a few months back but feels like has been on the tour for soo long performed exceptionally well in her triumphant week to win an unexpected but totally deserved and historic Gold Medal.

Andy’s last Olympic games?

Sadly the Olympic Games did not go as planned for Andy Murray who is a two time Gold Medalist and Silver back in 2012 & 2016.

Hours before he was due to play in the singles against Felix Auger Aliassime the Brit pulled out with a bit of a thigh problem and advised but his team to do so to continue his doubles charge.

It was the first time that Andy had teamed up with Joe Salisbury, the Brits opened their week with an impressive win over the former number one pairing of Herbert/Mahut from France but lost a close battle in the Quarter Finals to Cilic and Dodig despite being up a set and a break!

Murray posted this on social media after…

Svitolina’s chance to build?

After losing 3-6 1-6 to Vondrousova and being 1-6 1-3 down to Rybakina I did worry for Elina Svitolina. She was the highest seed left going into the final four so to be in that position was a concern for her.

The way she conducted herself down a set and a break was absolutely sensational, the fight and determination was faultless. Elina is one of the best at making you play the extra shots but in all honesty it isn’t the most sustainable way of playing and winning matches at the biggest stages against the best.

I do hope for her this is a chance to build and move forward and the Bronze medal could act as a catalyst for her as she aims to make a big impact at a major.

Mate Pavic & Nikola Metkic

Nikola Metkic and Mate Pavic from Croatia only teamed up as a doubles pairing at the beginning of the year and it is a partnership going from strength to strength and are looking simply unstoppable.

They have now added to their recent Wimbledon title with an Olympic Gold Medal in the doubles and continue to cement their place as the number one team in the world and their results this year show that…

Nikola Metkic & Mate Pavic’ 2021:

Antalya – πŸ†
Melbourne – πŸ†
Australian Open – SF
Rotterdam – πŸ†
Qatar – QF
Dubai – πŸ₯ˆ
Miami – πŸ†
Monte Carlo – πŸ†
Madrid – πŸ₯ˆ
Rome – πŸ†
Queens Club – QF
Eastbourne – πŸ†
Wimbledon – πŸ†
Olympic Doubles – πŸ₯‡

Max Purcell and Liam Broady’s late entrance!

Max Purcell and Liam Broady just over a week ago would not have thought they’d have a big say in the singles of the Olympics but they did.

The Brit and Aussie respectively came into the event at the eleventh hour and played their part for their country.

Max Purcell

The 23 year old from Sydney has barely touched the surface on the ATP tour with just a handful of matches to his name but about an hour before Felix Auger Aliassime was due to take on Andy Murray he got the call up.

Andy’s withdrawal meant that an opportunity opened up for Max and he didn’t waste it. The Aussie won 6-4 7-6 against Felix for his biggest career win but fell to Dominik Koepher in round two.

Liam Broady

With their being no Cam Norrie and Dan Evans testing positive for Covid and Kyle Edmund out injured it was over to Liam to fly the flag and he stunned us all with some exceptional tennis and some of his biggest career wins.

7-5 6-7 6-2 vs Cerundolo
7-5 3-6 6-3 vs Hurkacz (12)
6-7 6-4 1-6 vs Chardy

A wonderful run by Liam who defeated the 12th seed and Miami champion, Hubert Hurkacz. Liam fought well and against Jeremy Chardy was a set from the Olympic Quarter Finals but it wasn’t meant to be but still a tournament to be super proud of!

Pablo wins Bronze!

Pablo Carreno Busta’s journey to Olympic Bronze is one of the stories of the tournament!

With the absence of Rafael Nadal he was flying the flag for his country and has delivered one of the most memorable medals in Olympic history.

R1 – 7-5 6-2 vs Sandgren
R2 – 5-7 6-4 6-4 vs Cilic
R3 – 7-6 6-3 vs Koepfer
QF – 6-2 7-6 vs Medvedev (2)
SF – 3-6 3-6 vs Khachanov
Bronze Medal Match – 6-4 6-7 6-4 vs Djokovic (1)

A tremendous run, how many people beat the World number one and world number two in one tournament? Let alone at the Olympic Games, the pinnacle of world sport.

Barbora’s form continues!

Another player who’s very good form continues. The 25 year old from the Czech Republic stunned the tennis world with her Roland Garros title not only in singles but in doubles and now her and her doubles partner from Paris, Katerina Siniakova to win Olympic Gold.

Krejcikova’s form in the singles and doubles of late…

Barbora KrejčíkovÑ’s form:

Strasbourg – πŸ†
Roland Garros Singles – πŸ†
Roland Garros Doubles – πŸ†
Wimbledon Singles – R4
Wimbledon Doubles – QF
Prague – πŸ†
Olympic Singles – QF
Olympic Doubles – πŸ₯‡

The Toughest of 24 hours but Djokovic will bounce back

It looked inevitable a medal was on the cards but matches in sport and medals and titles are never won on paper.

A lot has been written about Novak Djokovic since he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta and a lot of it has been grossly unfair. Criticising him for showing emotion and anger when in all honesty we’ve seen sport stars react to loss worse than he did.

I hope he goes away for a couple of weeks and refreshes ahead of the US Open, he has history on the line, he has shown why he is the greatest and I’m sure he will bounce back.

The Medalists

Mens Singles:

Gold – Alex Zverev
Silver – Karen Khachanov
Bronze – Pablo Carreno Busta

Women’s Singles:

Gold – Belinda Bencic
Silver – Marketa Vondrousova
Bronze – Elina Svitolina

Mens Doubles:

Gold – Nikola Metkic & Mate Pavic
Silver – Marin Cilic & Ivan Dodig
Bronze – Marcus Daniell & Michael Venus

Women’s Doubles:

Gold – Barbora Krejcikova & Ekaterina Siniakova
Silver – Victoria Golubic & Belinda Bencic
Bronze – Luisa Steffani & Laura Pigossi

Mixed Doubles:

Gold – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Andrey Rublev
Silver – Elena Vesnina & Aslan Karatsev
Bronze – Ash Barty & John Peers

The best of Social Media…

Vondrousova crashes Bencic’ Gold Medal interview…

Pavlyuchenkova & Rublev could hardly believe it…

Andrey translates for Anastasia…

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