It was difficult to say just how much emotion the greats would show if they made it to the medal rounds of the Olympic Games given that the Slams still hold more weight to most players, but on Friday at Wimbledon, all four winners appeared to be truly jazzed after claiming victory.
Maria Sharapova thumped fellow Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3 and smiled as wide as she ever has; Serena Williams focused hard and played as well as she has all year in crushing the so-called No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2; Roger Federer nearly wept tears of joy and seemed to be in another world after he outlasted Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6(5) 19-17; and Andy Murray thrilled himself and the home crowd in taking out a man, Novak Djokovic, who had shattered his hopes in Australia with a hearty 7-5, 7-5 victory.
While Sharapova and Murray have a lot to celebrate this week, both have huge tasks ahead of them in the finals. Sharapova hasn’t beaten Serena since 2004 and Murray just went down to Federer in the Wimbledon final. The men