RIO OLYMPICS - MEN'S SINGLES: Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal Race Through


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RIO OLYMPICS - MEN'S SINGLES: Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal Race Through

The last remaining second round matches in men’s singles were wrapped up on Tuesday with Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal being the top-seeds featured on the day’s roster. Here’s taking a recap of the day’s results: The highest seed left in the men’s singles draw, the second seeded Andy Murray made it look easy in the end in his match against Juan Monaco.

The Briton put in only 56% of his first serves as compared to the Argentine’s 69%, but won a distinctly higher margin of points, 70% to 41%. He also converted five of the nine break points on Monaco’s serve and saved one of the two break points on his serve.

Murray also hit 14 winners to 11 from the Argentine and had less than half the unforced errors of Monaco, 10 to 26. Third seed Rafael Nadal also won in straight sets against Italian Andreas Seppi defeating him 6-3, 6-3 in one hour 48 minutes.

Nadal won 86% points off his first serve to Seppi’s 56% and had 18 winners to the Italian’s 10. He could however only convert three of the eight break points off the Italian, who in turn wasn’t able to convert either of the two break points on Nadal’s serve.

Nadal will next play Gilles Simon in the third round. Earlier, the 15th seeded Simon was the first player of the day to reach the third round after defeating Japan’s Yuichi Sugita. The Japanese led 4-1 in the first before Simon equalised.

He then won the tie-break that ensued 7-3. The second set was routine in favour of the French player, who won it 6-2 to win the match in an hour and 54 minutes. Evgeny Donskoy upset seventh seeded David Ferrer in three sets to reach the pre-quarters.

The Russian lost the first 3-6, but took the second set in the tie-break, dropping only point. In the final set, Donskoy broke Ferrer early, but the Spaniard broke back to keep himself alive in the set. Donskoy saved a couple of match points before breaking Ferrer’s serve crucially in the 11th game to serve out the match in the 12th game.

While serving for the match, the Russian had to save yet another break point, but eventually got the job done. American Steve Johnson won his second round match against Gastao Elias of Portugal in straight sets as well.

The 12th seed completed his match in 67 minutes, 6-3, 6-4 and will next face Evgeny Donskoy in the third round. The Belgian tennis player David Goffin defeated in two sets the Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela with a double 6-3, and after a well played match performed by twenty-six player, who in the fourth round will meet Thomaz Bellucci.

World number 40 Fabio Fognini needed three sets to book his place in the Rio's Round-16 stage as he defeated his good friend Benoit Paire in order to do so. The 29-year-old Italian had to dig deep as he was a break down the third set, but found a way to come back and clinch 4-6 6-4 7-6 (5) victory over the Frenchman.

Local player Thomaz Bellucci is also through to the next round after beating Pablo Cuevas in three sets 2-6 6-4 6-3. Brief Scores Summary [2] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 6-3, 6-1 [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d.

Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3, 6-3 [15] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. [WC] Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 7-6 (3), 6-2 Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. [7] David Ferrer (ESP) 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 [12] Steve Johnson (USA) d. Gastao Elias (POR) 6-3, 6-4 [8] David Goffin (BEL) d.

Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-3 6-3 Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. [16] Benoit Paire 4-6 6-4 7-6 (5) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. [11] Pablo Cuevas 2-6 6-4 6-3

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