Rio 2016 Olympics: Andy Murray beats Juan Monaco in round two

Ross Houston
August 14, 2016

Andy Murray continued the defense of his Olympic crown after a routine straight sets victory over the Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-1 in the heat of the day on Centre Court in Rio.

Murray, however, also offered his sympathy to his long-time rival and top-ranked player Novak Djokovic, who made a shocking first-round exit at the hands of Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

Fresh from his Wimbledon triumph last month and unbeaten in 14 since losing the French Open final, Murray is strongly tipped for gold with Djokovic gone.

"I was very shocked about how she played today".

Up 40-love in the seventh game, Murray double-faulted for a second time before holding and pressing on to take the set in 40 minutes with his fourth ace.

In the women's tournament, American world No. 9 Madison Keys reached the quarterfinals after outlasting Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The Scot cruised into the last 16 with a thumping 6-3 6-1 victory. But she gave credit to 22-time Slam victor Williams, the top seed in Rio and defending Olympic champion.

The Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost alongside Watson 24 hours earlier, could now face Melbourne conqueror Angelique Kerber for the right to play for a medal.

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-3.

The 31-year-old two-time World Cup victor was forced from the field two minutes into the second half as the gold medal favourites slumped to a huge upset in their Pool C opener against a team ranked 10th out of the 12 teams taking part. Williams will continue her assault on a fifth career Olympic gold when she faces Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

Thursday's schedule will also include all of the women's quarterfinals: Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber of Germany vs. Johanna Konta of Britain; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine vs. two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic; Madison Keys of the United States vs. Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation; and Monica Puig of Puerto Rico vs. Laura Siegemund of Germany.

The draw for the mixed doubles is out and, as things stand, Jamie Murray and Johanna Konta will be the only British representatives.

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