Rio Olympics Men’s Draw: Djokovic-Del Potro First Round, Murray Tries To Make History
by Sean Randall | August 4th, 2016, 11:19 pm
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The Olympics begin on Saturday and despite all the withdrawals, the draw still packs a punch. And right off the bat it’s a rematch of the 2012 bronze match between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro. Wow!

And that’s not all. Former gold medallists Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both have tests. Murray meets Viktor Troicki while Nadal faces Federico Delbonis. OK, neither are true world beaters but I wouldn’t them easy draws – Delbonis beat Murray at Indian Wells!

Looking at the rest of the field…

Novak Djokovic Quarter
I actually give Delpo a chance come Sunday. With support from the South American crowd, his love of the Olympics I think he has a chance, but it’s suicide to pick against Novak right now, especially on the hardcourts on which he’s been unbeatable of late. Djokovic should run into Jack Sock in the third round and then JW Tsonga in the quarters. I think Tsonga takes out Roberto Bautista Agut in what is a pretty easy section for the Frenchman. But I don’t like him against Djokovic especially if the court isn’t playing quick.
The pick: Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal Quarter
After two months fixing that left wrist, Nadal is finally back on court, seeking a second gold medal in singles. And I think early on he’s got a good draw with Delbonis and then Andreas Seppi, but then it’s Gilles Simon and David Goffin, two tough customers on the hardcourts. And by also playing doubles and possibly mixed, but then who knows how much he has left or if that wrist is OK. So in this section, I like Goffin to beat Pablo Cuevas in the third, then Nadal in the quarters to make the semifinals.
The pick: David Goffin

Kei Nishikori Quarter
Off his final run in Toronto last week, Nishikori in the favorite, but only slight because it’s a dangerous section with Gael Monfils, Phil Kohlschreiber and Marin Cilic who faces Grigor Dimitrov. Olympics brings out the nerves like little else, so of the group I think mentally Nishikori’s the toughest (he’s got that great record in deciding sets), so I’ll lean on him to beat Kohlschreiber and then Monfils.
The pick: Kei Nishikori

Andy Murray Quarter

Murray is back after his second Wimbledon title, and I don’t see anyone slowing him down on his summer hardcourt debut is what is the easiest section of the draw. Murray might have to deal with Benoit Paire, David Ferrer, Fabio Fognini or Steve Johnson? That’s as good as a gets. If Troicki serves hot in the opener maybe there’s some trouble, otherwise Andy’s on easy street in Rio as tries to become the first player to defend a gold medal in tennis.
The pick: Andy Murray

Semifinals
Djokovic d Goffin: Goffin not strong enough to bother Novak.
Murray d Nishikori: Muray too much variety for Nishikori.

Finals
Djokovic d Murray: I think the chance to beat Novak was last week, and no one took it.

With no Roger, no Stan and No Milos, it’s hard to see anything other than another Djokovic-Murray final. And with the 5-6 days off for everyone, that should keep most of the players fresh at the start. That is until the doubles kicks in, and then the mixed.

And remember, like Davis Cup the Olympic place a different, more straining kind of pressure on the players. This is your once chance at gold. Miss it and you have four years to think about it.

BRAVO has the coverage on Saturday and all week thereafter. Plus doubles.


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74 Comments for Rio Olympics Men’s Draw: Djokovic-Del Potro First Round, Murray Tries To Make History

Travis Bickle Says:

Pretty good analysis, Sean!

In case you haven’t seen it, I posted my analysis earlier today on another thread? We agree on 3 semifinalists, both finalists and the winner!
Only difference is I have Monfils beating Nishikori in QF.


skeezer Says:

“With no Roger, no Stan and No Milos, itโ€™s hard to see anything other than another Djokovic-Murray final.”
Yep. It would be a monumental choke if anything less happened.
Meanwhile, hope Rio televises some beach action.๐Ÿ‘€


AndyMira Says:

Agree on another Nolandy final..except andy once again will take home the gold!Vamos Andy!!


Ronn Says:

Another hard draw for Djoko and a joke of a draw for Murray. I hope Djoko sees this as a challenge and goes out to prove a point. Go Djoko!


Margot Says:

Make it a 2nd Gold! Go Andy! And another in the doubles.
Go Andy!


AndyMira Says:

@M…that means Andy will have 3 gold in his possession?Awww…i can see the smoke start to come out from TPC’s ears…he he


Anki Says:

Are the draws fixed? How come Andy is getting so many easy draws? Tough, tough draw for Novak, especially with his serve not up to the mark, going to be difficult. Rafa’s draw also seems a bit tricky given his injury situation.


AndyMira Says:

@Anki…as far as i know,Andy’s got his fair share of a tough draw in the past when he’s still a no 3 or 4,so if he’s to taste a so-called easy draw nowadays,i would say..he’s due..let him taste a little bit the ‘heavenly easy draw’ for once..


MADMAX Says:

Yes, this Olympics is a bit thin on the ground with 5 of the top tenners not playing.

However, no one expects anything other than a Novak/Murray final. Would be strange to see anyone beating these two.

It should be fun to watch. Always love the build up in Olympics, the ceremonies are extravagant and for it to be in Rio (with the Samba and the opulent countries’ costumes, adds to the overall excitement and exuberance about the games.

Let the games begin.


RZ Says:

@Anki – if there’s anyone who is due for his fair share of easy draws, it is Andy. He’s had a couple recently but overall in the last several years he’s had tough draws.


RZ Says:

I’m going “off the grid” for a couple of weeks. Enjoy Rio everyone! (And go Andy of course!) ๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽพ


AndyMira Says:

@RZ…you go “off the grid” sis and come back here to think what to do for your celebration..rememberrr??


Margot Says:

Have a great time RZ. So glad you aren’t watching…;)


django Says:

Why is this on Bravo channel?????
How can I watch I don’t have it??


J-Kath Says:

django:

Depends where you live. If you say where you live, I’ll have a look for you….not promising anything, but would let you know.


jane Says:

wow, j-kath. not surprised giles would post that but…

anyhow, novak has been more than gracious

http://s9.photobucket.com/user/NLeighH/slideshow/Novak%20in%20Rio


jane Says:

and more … and i could go on and on

http://globoesporte.globo.com/olimpiadas/tenis/noticia/2016/08/sorridente-djokovic-chega-ao-rio-e-tira-selfie-com-fas-no-aeroporto.html?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=Esporte&utm_campaign=globoesportecom

i can’t even believe that anyone turned “how many selfies a player poses for” into a competition in the first place. what a ridiculous metric of anything!

but as you can see, novak has been more than gracious with fans as he ALWAYS is … even after losses he will stop for his fans.


jane Says:

here, you can see that after bolt, novak is the most discussed at rio

https://mention.com/en/social-media-olympics/


jane Says:

here he is with media/fans, etc…
https://twitter.com/Imagreto/status/761217579977506816

okay, i have “spammed” with enough “counter-evidence.” lol & cheers.

happy opening ceremonies for anyone watching.


AndyMira Says:

JK…thank you for the link…muchhhhhh appreciated!


Wog Boy Says:

Nice manners tell you that you don’t interrupt anybody’s while having meal.


jane Says:

wog boy, that’s not even true anyhow. if you look at the first link i posted and scroll through the album, there’s at least one pic of novak posing in the canteen/dining hall with a fan. it’s all so infantile, i can’t get over it. lol.


Wog Boy Says:

What a coincidence jane, apparently it was Spanish rugby player who said that Nole knocked him back, surprise..surprise..


J-Kath Says:

Jane

The bucketphotos were really great.

If Nole did say something, he would have said it with a friendly smile.

A few will snatch at every possible opportunity to misrepresent…..it’s testimony to Nole’s stature.


Giles Says:

Jane. I dunno who you’re trying to convince, me or yourself. Cheers.


Giles Says:

Friendly is not necessarily genuine. J- K


J-Kath Says:

Margot

You being in the UK….do you know if there is any Olympic tennis today on BBC? I thought Nole was playing Del Potro? The Red button is frustrating stubborn. I expect most of us would like to see that match. PS: Presume you know Kyle is through. Grand!


Mridul7 Says:

Can anyone please tell any free live streaming sites?..having real trouble finding any.


J-Kath Says:

Giles:

It is because it is respectful.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Respect is the key word. I don’t share how I feel about politics on my Facebook account because of the respect I have for my family members and close friends…….so I just keep my mouth shut. I don’t like the direction my country is taking regarding politics. Slim pickins for our choice of a potential president…..not crazy about either one! They both want to make me hurl!


Okiegal Says:

TX staff: Tennis schedules please…..very interested in dubs….might could watch Rafa play three days in a row??? Lol Regarding Rafa, I hope his wrist holds up, but in all reality, I doubt it…..I hate to sound like Debbie Downer, but I am concerned about him…..thoughts of DelPo……oh my…..


Giles Says:

https://mobile.twitter.com/smglobalsport/status/761993674733518848
Rafa most mentioned athlete during opening ceremony


chrisford1 Says:

Giles, Djokovic has been around 10 years as a prominent player. Other players and the coaches, staff, and writers know who is genuine and who is not. Consensus is Djokovic is one of the nicest guys on Tour, very down to Earth, and fun to be with.


Daniel Says:

Tosnga almost lost, Jaziri served for the match second set, but he came through. Dimi out to Cilic.


AndyMira Says:

@Daniel..what time novak/Delpo match start?


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 3:12………Am I surprised?? NOT!!


Margot Says:

@Kath
Gotta houseful at mo., so not paying too much attention right now. Visitors watching wall to wall football….. given half a chance!


J-Kath Says:

Okey-doke Margot.


J-Kath Says:

Okie and Andy-Mira

Okie – You were on the other strand but both of you searching re. coming matches. Doesn’t look like Rafal or Noel are playing singles today. Doesn’t look like Rafa playing doubles today either …David Ferrer + Agut won their doubles match. Noel playing doubles at 9.00pm UK time.

Not betting my house on above – but ….looks like it. above.

It is a bit of chaos to put it mildly. Anyway hope the above helps. You hear differently – shoot info. over the pond please


Okiegal Says:

@JK….Thanks. I did Google it but couldn’t find out dates….much less times. I guess I will just check the Bravo channel from time to time and go from there. I am watching Venus and Flipkins now. They had been showing Sloane Stephens and Eugenie but switched. If I come up with anything different, I will send smoke signals….being from Indian Territory and all! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@AndiMira…..I went to a Rafa fan site. It is Vamos Brigade. They always have his matches posted dates and times. He is going to play Delbonis Sunday on court 1 second match. He and Marc are gonna play dubs on court 2 fifth match. So at least we know he plays tomorrow.

@JK You too might check an Andy fans web site. I am sure he has some. At least maybe you can find out the day….that helps. I will check on my end and see if I can find something out for you too! Okie


Danica Says:

Nole and DelPo are scheduled to play around 6.45 am Pacific time on Sunday. That’s 2.45 pm in GBR for example.

I don’t know if that’s how it’s going to play out as he was supposed to play doubles today @ 1.00 pm and as far as I see, at 3.38pm, they still haven’t started.


J-Kath Says:

Okie

I know Andy is playing Sunday. The difficulty with the BBC is they are tending to show all sports that contain a British contender(s) which is why other countries might have more tennis details. Trouble is when you go to the Olympic Schedule site they list everyone who is entered and only when they show a time of play does it mean On The Day. Brilliant! NO.

PS: They showed Heather Watson playing but didn’t show Kyle Edmonds (both won). So whatever one says there is always a…But…

PPS: Rafa has to be playing tomorrow, if not singles for sure it will be doubles.


J-Kath Says:

Danica: Agree…I also thought I knew that Nole was playing doubles today.

PS: BBC Just announced the victories of Heather Watson and Kyle Edmunds but I ask myself couldn’t they have mentioned what time Andy was playing…realise he’s not your no.1 favourite but mention it to demonstrate how snarled up the whole thing seems to be. If the BBC doesn’t know when Andy plays…..??


Danica Says:

Ok, I found this schedule for singles, again, Pacific time (8 hours behind GBR):
Nole – Sun. 7 of Aug. @ 12.45 pm.
Rafa – Sun. 7th, @ 8.30 am.
Andy – Sun. 7th, @ 9.45 am.

God knows if this is correct?


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

Just wanted to say how charming and touching Joey’s pictures are.
PS: There is an absolutely stunning “Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart” series running on BBC right now. Apart from lots of things I didn’t know, Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in the UK – larger than all the lakes in England and Wales put together. (No wonder Nessie chose it).

Attack is the best form of defence – so they say (also say in tennis…whew – got out of that one semi-safely). You know what I mean.!!!!


AndyMira Says:

@Dani,JK and OKie…Thank you for your kindness guys..whether it’s correct or not,i don’t care..i wanna sit in front of my TV at that times and wait for them…Hope our fav win guys…


Okiegal Says:

JK….Ok…..I did find out that it was Sunday when Andy played, which you knew. Your problem is the broadcasting of the match. I think it has all been a little crazy and mixed up.

Thanks Danica…..your info is even better. You have given me a time. All I found was that he would play 2nd match on court 1. Things are looking up. I appreciate your input. Thanks again! The bad thing for me is after all of ththe searching, it is during church time so I will be recording it……
I will see the match come hail or high water!!

JK and Margot, your Andy looked mighty sharp carrying the flag last night. Love Andy in shorter hair.


AndyMira Says:

OKie…Rafa and Andy looks so happy to be a flag bearer…they enjoyed it so much!But a question for you Dani…i’m curious..why novak has not been chosen to be a flag bearer?Or he’s already did it in the past?


Danica Says:

AndyMira,
Novak was Serbia’s flag bearer in London in 2012. This time, the flag bearer was a London silver medalist.


Daniel Says:

AM,

Murray is third on center court and Djoko x Delpo is 5th. Play starts 10:45 am Brazil Local Time, which is 4 hours before GMT; 4 hours above West Coast; 1 hour above NY;

Nadal is second on Court 1, around noon.


AndyMira Says:

Oh really Dani?Okay!I forgot he’s already a flag bearer in London…Thank you for the info Dani..


AndyMira Says:

@Daniel…thank you for the info as well…the bad things is..Rafa and Andy will start around 1,2,or 3am my time[oh sucks!]…only novak/Delpo i can watch it in pleasure..


J-Kath Says:

Daniel

Novak is on Court 1….I did read that but….could be wrong as is difficult to know what source to trust…


J-Kath Says:

Okie

Saw your emotifs on another thread, by golly gee…you are a wizard. (If there is a “wizard” emotif you could sign off with that…you could add it to your posting name or even be nameless as with just the wizard emotif. The mind boggles.!!!!!)


Giles Says:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/07/c_135571028.htm
Rafa – popular as ever!
Vamos Champ!
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……A picture is worth a thousand words!


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……A picture is worth a thousand words!


Okiegal Says:

OOPS……seeing double…..That is also the name of a liquor store in my area. I cracked up laughing when I first saw it……


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 5:57…….Am I surprised??? NOT in the least!

VAMOS RAFA!


J-Kath Says:

Okie

If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had been sampling some the wares in that liquor store…..!!!!!

PS: David Ferrer won his match.


Giles Says:

Well done Rafa!
Vamos Champ!


Danica Says:

Oh Skeez, please. Russia is always going to be the villain in the eye of an American.


lakie Says:

Russia was a villain the cold war days. Not any more.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Nope, sober as a judge! Lol

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃVAMOS RAFA, GOOD WIN TODAY. You and Marc need to bring it in dubs too!!


Danica Says:

I really missed Rafa on tour. It seems ages since he was last in action. Not that I want him to beat Nole, of course.


AndyMira Says:

@Dani^^^of cozzz!!

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