Andy Murray will step into the court against Juan Monaco on Tuesday. The winner will move on to the third round of the 2016 Olympic Tennis Tournament – Men’s Singles. World’s No. 5 Rafael Nadal will then take on world’s No. 71 Andreas Seppi for a spot in the tournament’s Round of 16.
Murray clinched a second-round berth after disposing Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Sunday. Their opening match score sheet read 6-3, 6-2 in favor of the reigning men’s gold medalist. After the match, Murray revealed that he feels no pressure in defending his gold-medal finish during the 2012 London Olympics.
“I’m not defending my gold medal, because you don’t have to give it back. I’m not thinking about what happened four years ago even though it was an amazing experience for me,” he told The Telegraph. “I’m just trying to win another medal, and having the Olympics come so soon after Wimbledon has been good for me, because otherwise I could have had a lull after that.”
Argentina’s Juan Monaco will be waiting for Murray in the second round. Monaco defeated Mirza Basic 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to book a second-round showdown with the tournament’s second-seeded player.
Also on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal will square off against Andreas Seppi at the Olympic Tennis Center in Rio de Janeiro. Nadal advanced to the Round of 32 after breezing past Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday.
The opening-round affair was Nadal’s first official match in over two months. Before the contest, Nadal admitted to The Guardian that he was not in top shape going into the tournament.
“It’s evident that the condition of my wrist is not ideal and if it wasn’t the Olympics, I would not take this risk,” said the 2008 Olympic champion. “However, having spoken to my team and with Conchita [Martínez], I’ve decided to play the singles and everything else.”
Nadal added that his wrist still bothers him to this day. Nevertheless, he is eager to prove that he still belongs in the upper echelon of tennis greats after missing the 2012 London Olympics.