London Olympics: Roger Federer survives a scare, Ryan Lochte wins first gold medal for USA!
So I settle in this morning to watch a nice little tennis match and end up a nervous wreck!
Roger Federer, the top seed and my favorite male player of all time, is on his way to a routine first round victory against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla when suddenly he had a bad stretch after having three match points at 6-3, 5-3. My friend, Henry, was at the match (he took this pic of our Roger) and I began texting him with my distress.
I had to leave the house to make a breakfast appointment and was so glad that a short time later, Henry texted me to let me know that Federer had gotten back on track and won 6-3 5-7 6-3.
Yes, Federer has won everything there is to win in tennis but he’s never won the gold medal in singles at the Olympics.
“I’ve struggled against him in the past at times,” Federer told reporters after the match.
“All of a sudden I missed the match points, things got difficult and he played a great match to come back, so I’m relieved of course. Falla is a great player, counter-punches well, plays really well and made things really difficult for me.”
It’s not going to get any easier for Federer in the next round. In the next round, he will meet Julien Benneteau who he narrowly beat in the third round of Wimbledon this year after losing the first two sets.
I’m also happy to see that American swimmer Ryan Lochte, the real heartthtrob of these Olympics, has emerged from the considerable shadow of Michael Phelps.
Lochte won the gold medal in the 400 meter individual medley earlier today while Phelps, the defending gold medalist, finished fourth. This is the first gold medal for the United States.
“I think I’m kind of in shock right now,” Lochte said.