The London Olympics were a smashing success. While there was some disappointment at the lack of revenue raised during the games -- that perspective will be short term. These Olympics have left an indelible impression on millions around the world.
Much like Durant, Murray will try to use his heartwrenching second place finish to motivate him to go all the way the next time around. And the fans, who won't soon forget it, will definitely be behind him.
Nadal and Djokovic have effectively threatened the brilliance of mental acuity and shot-making, exemplified by more cerebral players like Federer and Murray, who favor tactics and touch over drawing errors while running down and wearing out opponents.
Coming off successive titles in Bangkok and Tokyo, Murray played a mistake-free match, holding serve throughout and converting four-of-11 break point opportunities, and is now in great position to win his third straight tournament.