Andy Murray marches into Rio Olympics pre-quarters

Andy Murray marches into Rio Olympics pre-quarters

Torrential rain wiped out the entire 25-match tennis programme at the Olympics on Wednesday, threatening to scupper Rafael Nadal's triple gold medal assault.

Spain's Rafael Nadal, a gold medal victor in 2008, was another player who must return for his match with France's Gilles Simon.

Murray's doubles loss came at virtually the same time as his prospects of another singles gold were being significantly boosted by Novak Djokovic's defeat by Juan Martin Del Potro.

He broke serve again twice in quick succession during the early stages of the second set and never looked back, giving up just one more game. That was it. Jamie's a way more experienced doubles player than me.

Up 40-love in the seventh game, Murray double-faulted for a second time before holding and pressing on to take the set in 40 minutes with his fourth ace. The world number two, who cruised past Viktor Troicki of Serbia earlier this week, was rarely troubled by his Argentine opponent and comfortably progressed 6-3, 6-1 in little over an hour on centre court at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra da Tijuca. But she gave credit to 22-time Slam victor Williams, the top seed in Rio and defending Olympic champion.

"Hey, I'm happy to be on the same team as Serena Williams, it's thanks to her that I was able to get my ranking up and qualify", said Keys. Donskoy, ranked 84 in the world, upset former French Open finalist Ferrer 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

Second seed Angelique Kerber faces Australia's 2011 US Open victor Samantha Stosur while third seeded Muguruza takes on Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is playing his first tournament in two months after being forced to quit the French Open with a left wrist injury.

The world number one, who has won four Olympic golds, appeared to have a shoulder problem and was close to tears as she lost 6-4 6-3 to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

Jamie Murray will play in tomorrow's mixed doubles event with Jo Konta while Andy and 2016 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Heather Watson are waiting in the wings, should there be any withdrawals from the 16-team draw.



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