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US Open: Andy Murray reaches third round by straight sets

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Andy Murray defeated Marcel Granollers by 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open as rain poured over the new roof above Arthur Ashe Stadium.

As a storm delayed play on the outside courts, Murray won in straight sets, needing just two hours and 22 minutes to seal the win.

The world No2 will face Paolo Lorenzi in the following round.

Granollers had struggled to seize the initiative against Murray, but could not do so in front of the rowdy crowd and as torrential rain lashed out on the roof of the contained pitch. The Spaniard quickly fell behind by 5-2 in the first set, and had to work Murray by switching into aggressive mode.

Murray, needing 23 minutes and seven set points to clinch the final two games in the first set, also had to see off off a couple of break points early in the second set.

However, he then eased away with five games in a row for a two-set lead.

The second half of the game was plagued by a persistent buzz of noises, but Murray steeled himself to grab the decisive break at 4-4 in the third set.

“It’s tough,” Murray said of the roof and the rain. “You couldn’t really hear the ball at all, but we’re lucky that we get to play under the roof because otherwise there’d be no tennis right now, so it’s good for everyone.”

Earlier, his arch-rival Novak Djokovic earned a walkover into the third round as Jiri Vesely retired from of their second-round match with a left forearm injury.

With three full days of rest, Djokovic could recover in time from his sore left wrist and right arm as he prepare to face Mikhail Youzhny.

Andy Murray wins men’s singles gold at Rio Olympics

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Great Britain’s Andy Murray becomes the first tennis player to win two Olympics singles titles by beating Juan Martian Del Portro in Rio.

Murray, 29, was emotional after his thrilling 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Both him and the Argentine looked spent after the fourth set of a testing encounter, and the two men broke into tears by the sheer emotion of it all.

Murray tried everything against the bigger man: he chipped, lobbed, played soft-ball and hard-ball, wide and deep, but perhaps therein laid the folly.

There had been 15 breaks of service, many of them consecutive, stolen from an astonishing 35 opportunities. 102 unforced errors were made, shared roughly equally, just as game points came and went, squandered mostly.

But by conquering nerves to compensate for dramatic imperfections, Murray managed to pull through in the end.

It was a fight that either could have won amidst the cheers of the 10,000 spectators in attendance. But it ended when Del Portro found the net one time too many, and Murray thus retains the medal he won in London four years ago.

“The fact it’s not been done before shows it’s very hard so I’m proud to have done that,” he said. “Four years is a long time and so many things can change. A lot has changed since 2012, I’m happy here competing for the biggest events.”

Earlier, Kei Nishikori claimed his first Olympic medal by defeating Rafael Nadal.

The latter had looked somewhat drain after winning the men’s doubles gold with compatriot Marc Lopez, but was able to recover from 5-2 down in the second set to equalize, before eventually losing 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3.



Novak Djokovic victorious in Rogers Cup

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Novak Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets (6-3, 7-5) to win his fourth Rogers Cup title in Toronto.

Djokovic quickly seized the first set in just 30 minutes, before holding off Nishikori’s strong comeback in the second.

Djokovic won a pair of rallies to earn to break as the second set tied at 5-5 and the score at deuce. The Serb put extra loft on a forehead to create an unforced error from Nishikori on game point, before triumphantly pointing at his head to illustrate his savvy. He then served out to close the match.

The World Number One looked much stronger than when he was in Wimbledon, where he lost to Sam Queerey. In service performance, he won 82% of his first-serve points and hit five aces.

“I worked on it,” said Djokovic, who struggled on serve earlier in the tournament. “I had to change something; I was not getting many of the free points. It allowed me to be more aggressive. It was my best [serving] performance of the week.”

Djokovic was already the leader of the ATP money list as he entered the tournament with $8,476,566. He collected another $782,525 and 1000 ATP tour points for Sunday’s win.

The Serb now turns his sights to the Rio as he attempts to win his first Olympic men’s singles gold medal.

“I don’t need to explain that every athlete dreams of being a part of the Olympic Games,” he said. “I’m competing in singles and doubles. Hopefully I’ll get at least one medal.”



Federer set to miss Rio and remaining tennis season

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Roger Federer is set to miss the Olympic Games in Rio and the remainder of the tennis season including the US Open.

The 34-year-old posted the news on his Facebook page, saying that he took the “very difficult” decision after consulting his medical team.

Federer, the only 17-times grand slam champion had underwent a knee operation in February before missing the French Open with a back problem. He had also been plagued with a number of health issues across this year, and required treatment twice during a five-set semi-final defeat by Canada’s Milos Raonic at Wimbledon earlier this month.

Federer has won the gold medal for tennis doubles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but has never won a singles title.

But instead of carrying on for the only honour that has eluded his grasp, the Swiss Maestro elects to withdraw from the remaining tennis season in order to ensure career longevity.

“I’m extremely disappointed to announce I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season,” Federer wrote in the post.

“Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.”

“The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury-free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year.

“However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realise how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remain intact.”

“I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”