The tennis World has accepted the truth that the No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is gone and is will not be considered as one of the main contenders for the Olympic Gold medal!!!
After a shocking first round loss to Juan Martin Del Potro (7:5, 7:5), the media has turned the attention to the remaining GOLD medal contenders.
The main favorites to win the Olympic medals, after the elimination of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, who both won their first two round matches without losing a single set in those matches.
Murray, who defeated the Serbian Viktor Troicki in the first round of the tournament in two sets (6:3, 6:2), was as convincing in the second round agains the Argentine Juan Monaco. In less than 70 minutes, the British star won in straight sets with 6:3, 6:1, qualifying for the third round where he will play the Italian Fabio Fognini, who defeated the Frenchmen Benoit Paire (4:6, 6:4, 7:6).
On the other side, Rafael Nadal, who is back in action once again after two month without tennis, took a little longer to defeat Andreas Seppi. After 1 hour and 49 minutes, the Spaniard won in two sets with 6:3 and 6:3. With the easy win in the first round against the Argentine Federico Delbonis (6:2 and 6:1), Rafa Nadal will have a difficult task on Wednesday against the Frenchmen Gil Simon, who defeated Coric and Sugita (both in straight sets) in the first and the second round.
Andy Murray has won the Olympic Gold medal back in 2012 at the Games in London, beating Roger Federer in the final match. On the other side, Rafael Nadal has also won the singles Olympic Gold medal during the 2008 Games in Peking.
Looking at the bracket, Nadal and Murray are on different sides of the bracket, which means that they could meet in the Gold medal match. It is interesting to note that no one has ever achieved to win two Olympic Gold medals in the singles in the history of the Games.
The tennis tournament will continue on Wednesday with some very interesting matches.
Words By: Admir Aljic