Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro will see action in the third round of the 2016 Olympic tennis men’s competition. They will continue their quest for gold, presumably on Thursday, as heavy rains rendered all nine courts at the Rio tennis center unplayable in Day 5 of the contest.
Nadal was supposed to have a busy day on Wednesday. He was scheduled to play Gilles Simon of France in the third round of the men’s singles. He was also scheduled to complete in the semifinals of the men’s doubles with Marc Lopez against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor and in the first round of the mixed doubles with Garbine Muguruza against Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka.
Due to the downpour, the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist ended up having a day-off. If the weather permits, Nadal will participate in the trio of contest on Thursday, as per Tennis.com.
Andy Murray also took a much-needed rest on Wednesday after tennis organizers postponed his third-round matchup against Fabio Fognini of Italy. The 2012 London Olympics champion and world No. 2 made it to the Round of 16 after beating Juan Mónaco of Argentina 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday.
Murray told reporters after the match that his early exit from the men’s doubles did not affect his drive to win in the men’s singles. Andy and his brother Jamie were knocked out in the first round of doubles tournament after losing 7-6, 7-6 to Brazil’s Thomaz Belucci and Andre Sa.
“It was a very tough loss. You’ve just got to take it, move on and try your best the next day,” said Andy, via The Guardian. “I certainly didn’t use it as fuel [for the singles].”
Del Potro wants his peers to know that he should not be taken lightly. He is coming off a shocking 7-6 (4), 7-6(2) victory against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Reuters reported. Del Potro will take on Taro Daniel of Japan in the third round of the tournament on Thursday.