Andy Murray Continues Gold Medal March In Rio; Rafael Nadal Plays Three Matches Wednesday!
by Staff | August 9th, 2016, 11:59 pm
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Could it be an Andy Murray-Rafael Nadal gold medal match come Sunday? The two rivals and two former gold medalists moved one step closer to a showdown with good wins Tuesday afternoon at the Rio Olympics.

Murray, the 2012 gold medalist, had no trouble at all dispatching Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-1. The win was Murray’s 14th straight overall, 8th straight at the Olympics.

“It was good today. I hit the ball well from the back of the court, not many unforced errors so it was a good match,” said Murray.

Tomorrow, he’ll face Fabio Fognini after the Italian saved matchpoints in a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over Benoit Paire.

Murray and Fognini have split both their meetings.

Rafael Nadal was on next on Center and the 2008 gold medalist didn’t disappoint scoring a tough 6-3, 6-3 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

“This is an event you only play once every four years so that makes the emotions even higher,” said Nadal. “I am enjoying [it] on court and at the same time not too much pressure for me. After two months not competing I don’t expect much. I just expect to enjoy the Olympic experience again and that’s what I am doing.”

Nadal will test Gilles Simon Wednesday. The two have met eight times before the Rafa winning seven.

Other matches today saw Steve Johnson beating Gastao Elias. His great draw continues in the third round against Evegeny Donskoy who knocked out David Ferrer.

And Thomaz Bellucci thrilled the home fans winning in three over Pablo Cuevas. He’ll face David Goffin.

Also Thursday, Juan Martin del Potro resumes his bid for gold against the surprising Taro Daniel. Daniel isn’t the only Japanese player in action, Kei Nishikori battles Andrej Martin.

Gael Monfils also faces Marin Cilic and Roberta Bautista Agut gets Gilles Muller.

The doubles also resumes and the mixed starts up, and Nadal is scheduled in both of those events. Rafa will play his men’s doubles semifinals and also a mixed match with Garbine Muguruza. So he and that left wrist will play three matches in one day!

“Very happy to be in the semifinals, but especially happy to be in the semifinals with one of my best friends,” Nadal said. “We are enjoying the matches, we are enjoying a lot the weeks here in Rio. We are enjoying the Olympic experience, we are very happy about what’s happening.”

WEDNESDAY RIO OLYMPICS SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT, 10:45am Start
(7) KEYS Madison (USA) vs KASATKINA Daria (RUS)
not before 12:30
(3) NADAL Rafael (ESP) vs (15) SIMON Gilles (FRA)
FOGNINI Fabio (ITA) vs (2) MURRAY Andy (GBR)
not before 18:45
(15) SVITOLINA Elina (UKR) vs (11) KVITOVA Petra (CZE)
(6) MONFILS Gael (FRA) vs (9) CILIC Marin (CRO)


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27 Comments for Andy Murray Continues Gold Medal March In Rio; Rafael Nadal Plays Three Matches Wednesday!

Margot Says:

Come on Andy! Go get gold again!


skeezer Says:

Phelps and USA killing it @ Rio. 20 Gold @ 37!
Gymnastics also. USA!!

Rada and Murray Rio showdown coming up👍
But watch out for Delpo….


AndyMira Says:

Come on Rafa!Go get gold again!


Margot Says:

Beat you to it A.M…..;)


AndyMira Says:

M….ha ha ha ha ha ha….oh M…you can have the gold M..i’m willing to do anything for you darlin’..and if it’s not enough..here’s my ring,my necklace,my leglace,my wristlace,my earring..everything M!


J-Kath Says:

Margot

Fabio not a good match up for Andy. Hope U are confident.


AndyMira Says:

JK…agree with you about Fabio…but i have no doubt that Andy will go through..maybe in straight sets…good luck for you guys..and me too!!


Wog Boy Says:

I just found today (I know I know, I am little bit slow) that #1 in the world has never won Olympic gold? Rafa was the first ever top 5 player to win gold, Andy was the second.


J-Kath Says:

AM

Looks like schedule all screwed up with rain. If Rafa playing 3 matches he’ll be fissing with frustration.


AndyMira Says:

JK…yeah…you’re absolutely right and talking about schedule,let’s check it out what Joao Sousa said..http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Tennis_Interviews/35205/joao-sousa-olympics-schedule-is-horrible-i-have-never-seen-anything-like-that-in-my-life-/?


J-Kath Says:

Yeah AM- saw it and others with a scowl on my face.


jane Says:

the problem with the olympics is that the tennis takes place basically over the course of a week and players enter multiple events, so they end up playing multiple matches, even in one day sometimes. now, again, we have rain delays.

maybe they need to rethink the format and scheduling of olympics tennis so they don’t get so many pull outs or run into issues.. perhaps it makes sense that they have team tennis? both rothenberg and p-mac have written about why this makes more sense – more of a davis cup format. i think there was something at tennis.com, too, recently about “does tennis even belong” and then a case for a change in format.

but wimbledon and french open schedules were both pretty bad as well, with players playing sometimes multiple best of 5 matches back-to-back. delpo faced it at wimbledon (at least a couple back to back, and drawing stan really early) too, and novak at FO (4 days in a row). part of this was due to inclement weather, but lots of players complained about scheduling.

climate change factors into this discussion but i won’t belabour it. :)


AndyMira Says:

JK..did you mean “other’s” refering to the water turned to green in diving pool and the media bus was attacked by stone thrower?


BBB Says:

jane – davis cup format makes sense, and then skip davis cup altogether in an olympic year. The Olympics have the scheduling of a masters’ 1000 when, as you say, players are participating in 2 or 3 events, which is not the case at a masters’. At least at the majors you’ve got an off day, even if it ocassionally gets messed up by weather.

The sport is lucky that the greats care more about the event than the points.


J-Kath Says:

AM

Meant I had previously read your article and similar articles plus as you know there’s pile of complaints as you’ve indicated. I just wish they’d get on with the tennis which seems to be the Cinderella of the Olympics.


J-Kath Says:

AM:

PS: I read that Rafa and Stan aren’t playing in Cinc.as well as Nole and Fed.)????? I only saw this once re. Rafa and Stan so maybe a maybe rather than a certainty.


jane Says:

and more, here. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/tennis-and-the-olympics-are-an-awkward-match/

actually, i didn’t know that in mixed dubs players are in semis after winning just 2 matches because only 16 teams can enter due to time restrictions. that’s another reason why team format maybe makes sense


AndyMira Says:

JK..this is the first time today that i read about rafa not playing in Cincy although i’ve already guessed as much when he announced that he will play 3 event in Rio..and then maybe straight to USO after rest for a while…


AndyMira Says:

JK..if what you’re saying is true,Cincy sure will lost some sparkle this year although from the bright side of it..Andy has a chance to regain back 1000 points that he lost in Toronto couple of weeks ago..


elina Says:

For some who say Olympics are of “sentimental” value only for tennis players:

Venus Williams, who has won four gold medals, calls her Olympic success “beyond anything I ever dreamed” and places its importance “always at the top” — above her seven major singles titles.

“The proudest moment for me, when they do the on-court announcements,” she said, “are the Olympic results.”


elina Says:

Another player speaks:

“Being from my family, I know how important the Olympics are and how big a deal the Olympics are,” Kuznetsova said. “So for me, tennis of course has to be in the Olympics. For Russians, winning a gold medal would be like winning a Grand Slam.”


J-Kath Says:

AM: Some fans on other links are saying Andy will pull out too…because he’s got Davis Cup vs. Argentina and US Slam!!!!

Rather the Tennis got going this evening than piddling about with these rumours. Nearly 7.00pm in the UK.


elina Says:

Venus understands that players are individual and therefore are free to have differing priorities…

When asked where she would place the Olympics in the hierarchy of the biggest events in her sport, she said “Always at the top.”

“Everybody’s got priorities,” she said. “Mine are at the Olympics. It’s just life choices. No big deal.”

And Nadal who says…

“The Olympics is the most important event in the world of sport,”

“If you don’t want to be in the most important event in the world of sport, then is difficult to understand what’s the motivation for the rest of the things, no?,”

“So my feeling is everybody free to do what’s better for everyone, but I know how tough was for me when I had to lose the 2012 Olympics in London,

“I cannot understand people who don’t want to go to Olympics. Is something that is not every year. Is an event that you can compete only once, twice, or three in your career maybe, if you are lucky. So you don’t want to miss that.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/daniellerossingh/2016/05/26/venus-williams-says-olympic-gold-beats-wimbledon-us-open-titles/#17aa098e535e


AndyMira Says:

Yeah JK…the bad things is Andy will start after Rafa and Madison[if they start at all that is]..


Markus Says:

Nadal is so right about the Olympics, it is the most important event in the world of sport. That’s where participation is not just for personal gratification but rather and more importantly, an homage to your country. A victory at the Olympics is the highest tribute an athlete can bestow to his country.


elina Says:

Andy Murray Said in 2012:

“If you look at the reaction of the players at the last Olympics – Djokovic won a bronze medal and he was in tears. You wouldn’t be that happy if you lost in the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

“It means a lot to the players when you’re representing your country and it’s definitely up there with the grand slams.”

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