The flag bearer of Great Britain’s team, Andy Murray survived the scrap and equally talented Steve Johnson of the United States of America in the quarterfinal round of the Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Murray dropped the first set of the match, but eventually found his groove and managed to comeback in the second and third set to win the match. Murray defeated Johnson by the score of 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) to earn the first semifinal spot in the tournament.
The world ranked number two managed to win this thrilling and exciting match despite having 27 forced errors and 15 unforced errors. Murray also got 6 aces as compared to 4 of Johnson.
The American Tennis player Steve Johnson also helped Murray by his faulty errors who committed both 36 unforced and forced errors in the match.
Andy Murray defeated Viktor Troicki in the first round, Juan Monaco in the second round and Fabio Fognini in the third round. Murray was forced to dig deep in this match by Johnson.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Kei Nishikori defeated France’s Gael Monfils in an exciting and close three setter quarterfinal match. Nishikori outlasted Monfils by the score of 7-6 (4), 4-6 and 7-6 (6) in an almost 3 hours epic battle.
The Japanese national survived an almost Olympic upset despite having 35 unforced errors and 48 forced errors. Nishikori was also forced to dig deep in this match because of Monfils’ superb service. Gael Monfils got 8 aces as compared to only 1 ace of Nishikori.
Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori will face in the second semifinal match and the winner will fight in the gold medal match between the winner in the first semifinal match between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro.
Murray is eyeing for his second straight Olympic gold medal.
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