Superstars Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will begin their campaign in Day 2 of the 2016 Rio Olympics tennis men’s competition in Brazil.
Djokovic, the tournament favorite, will go up against Argentina bet Juan Martin Del Potro. Their match is scheduled on Sunday night, as it is the main attraction on Centre Court.
Djokovic completed a career Grand Slam this year and is aiming for more glory. The top-seeded Serb wants to win his first Olympic gold medal after several failed attempts. His best finish in an Olympic event happened 2008, when he won the bronze medal in Beijing.
Del Potro is looking for another upset in the biggest sporting event in the world. Del Potro denied Djokovic a medal finish in the 2012 London Olympics, when he defeated the Serb in the bronze medal match.
Meanwhile, Murray will also begin his title defense. The reigning Olympic champion will look to dispatch Viktor Troicki of Argentina in the first round of the tournament.
Murray won the gold medal in 2012 when he defeated Roger Federer in the final. The British tennis superstar played down assessment that the tournament is easier this year with the absence of notable stars like Federer, saying that playing and winning in the Olympics is still a huge achievement.
“The Olympics in London was very strong and it’s a little bit weaker this time around but everyone views things differently,” Murray said via EuroSport. “For me the Olympics is the biggest sporting event by far and I’m proud to be here.”
On the other hand, Nadal will look to claim the title he once held. The Spanish tennis superstar will collide with Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the opening round. Nadal won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but had to withdraw from the 2012 Games in London after battling injuries.
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