Match Stats/Report - Murray vs Federer, Olympic Games final, 2012


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Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympic Games final 2012, played on grass at Wimbledon

It was a repeat of the Wimbledon final a month ago, which Federer had won. Murray would go onto win his first Slam title at the next Slam, and triumph at Wimbledon the following year

Murray won 97 points, Federer 68

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (44/87) 51%
- 1st serve points won (35/44) 80%
- 2nd serve points won (27/43) 63%
- Aces 5, Service Winners 2
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (27/87) 31%

- 1st serve percentage (51/78) 65%
- 1st serve points won (33/51) 65%
- 2nd serve points won (10/27) 37%
- Aces 9, Service Winners 4
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (19/78) 24%

Serve Pattern
Murray served...
- to FH 22%
- to BH 77%
- to Body 1%

Federer served...
- to FH 44%
- to BH 55%
- to Body 1%

Return Stats
Murray made...
- 58 (25 FH, 33 BH)
- 6 Errors, comprising...
- 2 Unforced (2 BH)
- 4 Forced (1 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (58/77) 75%

Federer made...
- 59 (15 FH, 44 BH), including 6 runaround FHs and 2 return-approaches
- 19 Errors, comprising...
- 6 Unforced (5 FH, 1 BH), including 4 runaround FH attemptS
- 13 Forced (4 FH, 9 BH)
- Return Rate (59/86) 69%

Break Points
Murray 5/10 (7 games)
Federer 0/9 (3 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Murray 20 (8 FH, 9 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH)
Federer 14 (7 FH, 2 BH, 1 FHV, 1 FH1/2V, 1 BHV, 2 OH)

Murray's regular FHs - 3 dtl (1 on the run), 1 inside-in and 1 net chord dribbler
- FH passes - 2 cc and 1 at net (running down a drop volley), which clipped the net chord on its way over

- regular BHs - 1 cc, 1 drop shot and 1 net chord dribbler
- BH passes - 1 cc, 5 dtl

Federer's FHs - 4 inside-out, 1 inside-in, 1 drop shot and 1 dtl pass

- BHs - 1 dtl and 1 drop shot

- 2 first 'volleys' off serve-volley points - 1 swinging FHV and 1 drop FH1/2V

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Murray 34
- 16 Unforced (6 FH, 10 BH)
- 18 Forced (8 FH, 10 BH)
Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 41.3

Federer 49
- 29 Unforced (15 FH, 11 BH, 2 FHV, 1 OH)
- 20 Forced (11 FH, 8 BH, 1 FH1/2V)
Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 47.9

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(Note 2: The 'Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is a measure of how aggressive of intent the average UE made was. 60 is maximum, 20 is minimum. This match has been scored using a four point scale - 2 defensive, 4 neutral, 5 attacking, 6 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Murray was 9/11 (82%) at net, with no serve-volleys.

Federer was 14/29 (48%) at net, including 4/6 (67%) serve-volleying - off first serves 3/5 (60%), off second 1/1 (100%) - and 0/2 return-approaching.
He was 0/1 when forced back

Match Report
Not as thorough a thrashing as the scoreline indicates. All the way to the last game of the first set, its a fairly even match. Murray faces two break points in the opening game, Federer faces 1 in his second game. Murray breaks in a long error strewn, 14 point game and is pushed to deuce as he consolidates the break. So far, looks about even

Then Murray makes it a double break. He needs some luck to do so - gaining a winner with a net chord dribbler - and some help from Federer (who misses an easy FHV) - but does seize the net to force an error and wraps up with an excellent BH pass.

Murray breaks to love early in the second - again there's a net chord dribbler winner, again Fed helps out (with a horrendous OH error) and again the Scot finishes off with a pass winner (which does clip the net chord to throw Federer off)

And again, Federer fights back. The next Murray game lasts 20 points and the Swiss misses six break points. All but one of these points is down to Murray's good play

And again, Murray makes it two breaks to make things look like a thrashing. Fed holds with an excellent game featuring lovely strokes and does have a break point as Murray serves out the set

Funnily enough, I think Murray is at his strongest in the final set. He doesn't lose a service point until he's serving for the match. From the end of the second set to the last game of the match, Murray wins 20 straight points on serve - and finishes off winning 23/24 points

Keys to the match
I think the biggest one must be Murray's returning. I've marked 13 off Federer's 19 unreturned serves as Aces or Service Winners (in other words, what we call 'unreturnable serves'). Anything less than that though, comes back. Just 6 return errors on grass and against Roger Federer serving at 65% is very impressive from the Scot

Note also Murray's 41.3 Unforced Error Forcefulness Index score.... this is the lowest I've tracked12/16 of his unforced errors are neural shots (by contrast, 14/29 of Federer's are attacking or extremely attacking ones). This is a very, compact showing from the winner. Federer has one of his bad days where the errors keep coming, which is strange because his movement and footwork are very good in the match

Murray hits some tremendous passing shots... his clipping Federer's wings at net (just under 50% points won there for the Swiss) is another key

Finally, fairly poor returning from the loser. Murray has a powerful first serve, but tends not to send down unreturnable serves and he only serves at 51%.... Fed makes more errors than he need have done against even the first serve. And he misses second serve returns too (6 of them), frequently trying to run around the BH. He also makes a number of runaround FHs, but can't it hit cleanly enough to force Andy unduly

Summing up, solid and compact from Murray - the return particularly so - with occasional flashes of brilliance on the pass. A bad returning day from Federer and loose off the ground
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@Waspsting how many first serves did Murray make when facing break point?
3/9 - all points he won

1) 2nd serve... Federer forced error BH pass
2) 2nd serve... Federer forced error FH
3) 2nd … Fed forced error FH
4) 2nd .... Murray winner BHV
5) 1st serve... Fed forced error FH
6) 1st.... Return forced error BH (Body serve)
7) 1st... Federer forced error BH
8) 2nd.… Fed unforced error FH
9) 2nd.… return unforced error runaround FH attempt

Given all the UEs Fed made, this looks like pretty clutch stuff (though not service wise) from Murray when in a hole


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It still amazes me how he still had the energy to beat a much rested Djokovic in the Bronze match and in 2 sets as well.
Me as well. But maybe Djokovic cared a bit less about this medal after already having won the Bronze in 2008? Also he had a rather poor grass season in 2012 altogether. It’s no shame to lose to Federer and Murray on grass, but he was nowhere near to winning those matches.
But think how awful it would have been for him if he had beaten Fed? He would have had to suffer the indignity of losing twice to Murray in an Olympic final! :cool:
Maybe mury would have triple breadsticked him.
Anyways, delpo encounter is a curse for big3 at wimby grass....

It still amazes me how he still had the energy to beat a much rested Djokovic in the Bronze match and in 2 sets as well.
Actually it amazes me that how delpo always turns on for olympics and davis cup, playing like it's gonna be last match of his life...
We could get an interesting final, if he could've brought that mindset and fighter attitude in 2018 USO against djokovic (djokovic would have still won though, in 4 or 5)


Really the blames lies with Roger not playing attacking grass court tennis. He was passive, nervous and tactically a complete mess against Del Po. There's no excuse for the grass GOAT to take 4.5 hours and 19-17 in the third to dispose of a guy who has never done one thing on grass (one Wimbledon semi).
Federer usually owns the big guy but sometimes he plays very dumb against him (See: 2009, USO) He managed to get out of this one because he's very, very much better on grass than him, but i agree that he played really badly that day.
Really the blames lies with Roger not playing attacking grass court tennis. He was passive, nervous and tactically a complete mess against Del Po. There's no excuse for the grass GOAT to take 4.5 hours and 19-17 in the third to dispose of a guy who has never done one thing on grass (one Wimbledon semi).
Fed is very stubborn against delpo ..
Really he should have changed his strategy

Murray fans must love Delpo. He did the same to Djokovic at Wimby 2013.
As I mentioned, delpo is a curse for big 3 at wimby...
Snatched olympics Gold medal from fed
Snatched wimby 2013 from djoker
Snatched wimby 2018 from nadal