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Five things to look out for on Wednesday

Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan celebrate
by Mark Hodgkinson
Wednesday 1 August 2012

After an 88-year gap - this last happened in 1924, when the winning team included a Titanic survivor - mixed doubles will today be played at the Olympics. It is a small draw, with just 16 teams, but there are plenty of names that the casual tennis watcher will know. Much thought has gone into making the Olympic tennis tournament look and feel different to the Wimbledon Championships - what they didn't want was a Wimbledon Lite or Wimbledon Part Two - but it is the mixed doubles draw which really brings something fresh and new.

Andy Murray plainly would not have played mixed doubles during The Championships, but he has entered the competition at the Games with Laura Robson, and it would not be shocking to see them on a podium later in the week. It had been hoped that at least one of the Williams sisters - perhaps both - would play in the mixed doubles, but neither Serena or Venus are in the draw.

There are three teams who look as though they will be contending for the gold - Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond, Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber, and Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi. Mike and Lisa (pictured above) won Wimbledon earlier this summer, so they have the opportunity of a lifetime - this will certainly never happen again - to achieve the mixed doubles double at the All England Club in the same summer. 

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Wimbledon 'repeats'. Andy Murray beat Marcos Baghdatis at The Championships this summer; they meet again at the Olympics. Maria Sharapova lost to Sabine Lisicki during the Wimbledon fortnight, and today she has the opportunity to put that right. 

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Another Roger Federer match away from Centre Court. Federer has already played away from Centre at the Olympics, for a doubles match with Stan Wawrinka, and today he is scheduled to play a singles match, against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, on No.1 Court. 

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The singles match that is guaranteed to be played in the right spirit. Are there two better-natured athletes competing at these Games than Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic, who will today play in the third round? 

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Novak Djokovic keeps on running into former world No.1s whose best days are past them. The day after demolishing Andy Roddick, Djokovic meets Lleyton Hewitt.

The London 2012 Olympic tennis is taking place at Wimbledon. Visit the ITF Olympics site for full scores, draws and the London 2012 site for video content, venue and schedule information.


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