The Rio 2016 tennis semifinals cast is set. The field is now down to four, and Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro have one goal in mind — to win the gold medal in Brazil.
Olympic Tennis Semis 2016: Murray vs Nishikori
Murray is now just two wins away from successfully defending the men’s singles tennis Olympic title. The 2012 London Olympics gold medalist will face Kei Nishikori of Japan in the semis on Saturday night in Rio.
Murray, who is now the title favorite after Novak Djokovic was stunned in the first round, booked a spot in the final four with a hard-earned win over Steve Johnson of United States in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The British tennis superstar looked superb in the opening set, cruising to a 6-0 win before Johnson tied the match with a 4-6 victory in the second set. Murray found himself in a tough situation but managed to fight back and escaped with a 7-6(2) win in the decider to take the match.
On the other hand, Nishikori earned a spot in the semis following a thrilling encounter with Gael Monfils of France. The fourth-seeded Japanese and his French opponent battled it out for almost three hours before Nishikori escaped with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(6) victory on Friday.
Olympic Tennis Semis 2016: Nadal vs Del Potro
Meanwhile, Nadal also moved closer to reclaiming the title he once held. The Spanish tennis superstar moved on to the semifinals with a shaky 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Brazilian bet Thomaz Bellucci. Nadal already has an Olympic gold after winning men’s doubles gold with Marc Lopez.
On the other hand, Del Potro is still on pace for a Cinderella finish in the Rio Olympic tennis competition after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in straights sets. The Argentine made headlines earlier in the tournament after ousting top seed and gold-medal favorite Djokovic in an emotion-filled battle in the opening round.
Olympic Tennis 2016 Streaming & Live Scores
The Murray vs Nishikori match is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. ET at Centre Court followed by the Nadal vs Del Potro showdown. Fans can catch the Olympic tennis live stream on NBC, while live scores will be available here.
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