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Five things to look out for on finals Sunday

Team GB supporters on Centre Court.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Sunday 5 August 2012

Emotion from the players. So far at this Olympic tournament we have already seen dancing (Serena Williams brought the disco to Centre Court), tears (Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Roger Federer and others), kissing the flag (Federer) and kissing of doubles partners (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra). There is bound to be more on Centre Court with the gold medals in the women's doubles, men's singles and mixed doubles all to be played for.  


A rebranding of mixed doubles. For too long, mixed doubles has only been taken semi-seriously by the tennis republic, with the event regarded as something for amateurs at their local club rather than for professionals. One significant change has been the end of chivalry on the court - the man thinks nothing of slamming shots at his female opponent, so no one can ever suggest that the matches are not fully competitive. Now mixed doubles is in the Olympics for the first time since 1924, and should Andy Murray and Laura Robson win the gold medal, the rebranding will continue.  


The possibility of double gold. Serena Williams and Andy Murray could end the day as double Olympic champions. Venus and Serena Williams will be favourites to win their gold medal match, to add to Serena's gold in the singles. Murray starts the day guaranteed to win at least a silver medal in the men's singles and mixed doubles; he could end it with a couple of golds.


Players thrilled to win bronze medals. There had been some doubt over how the bronze-medal matches would fly - in the minds of the players and the spectators. Those doubts disappeared when you saw how much a bronze medal meant to Azarenka, and the joy on the faces of Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau when they made it on the podium for the men's doubles. 


All competitors pleased to have been part of the Olympics. Does Mardy Fish now regret skipping the Games?  

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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