It took four hours of exciting tennis, but Roger Federer was finally able to put away del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (7), 19-17 on Friday and advance to the gold medal match at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Federer and del Potro actually set the record at 4 hours 26 minuets for the longest three-set mens’s singles match in the open era. The win for Federer secures the first medal of the Games for Switzerland.
This is the most success Roger Federer has ever had in the Olympics, his previous best was at the 2000 Sydney games when he was 19 years old where he lost in the semi-finals. In 2004 at Athens, he was the top seed and got eliminated in the second round. At Beijing in 2008 he was upset in the quarterfinals by James Blake.