Andy Murray made light work of his second-round opponent at the Olympic Games but the British No.1 insisted his accomplished display wasn’t his way of writing wrongs of his men’s doubles exit.
Murray was back in action in Rio just 48 hours after he and brother Jamie were beaten by Brazilian duo Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa, their opponents winning a second-set tie-break 16-14, during which the Murrays saved a remarkable six match points.
But there were no such trouble for Murray flying solo as he saw off Juan Monaco of Argentina in one hour and nine minutes. There was just one blip in the fifth game when Murray was broken, but he repaid the favour in the very next game and sailed to a 6-4, 6-1 win.
That sets up a third-round clash with either Italian Fabio Fognini or Benoit Paire of France and, with world No.1 Novak Djokovic having been dumped out by Juan Martin Del Potro, Murray has a smile back on his face. But he admitted the loss alongside his brother was still fresh in the memory.
“It was a good win,” Murray said. “I played pretty well, was hitting the ball well from the back of the court, didn’t have many unforced errors – it as a good match. I didn’t use the doubles loss as fuel for this match and if anything it made it harder. It was a very tough loss and the way the match went it was really tough. You just have to take it, move on and try your best to win your matches.
“It was surprising [that Djokovic lost] but Del Potro is a great player when he is fit. He hasn’t been fit for the last little bit and it is a brutal first-round draw for Novak.”
“It was unfortunate for Novak that he came up against Juan playing extremely well, but that can happen when you have 64 players and just 16 seeds.
It has been confirmed that Jamie will enter the mixed doubles alongside Johanna Konta in place of Andy.
Andy and Heather Watson have also been nominated by Team GB but they don’t have a high enough combined doubles ranking to qualify, although they are the second alternatives.
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