Andy Murray eases past Viktor Troicki as he begins Olympic title defence

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Andy Murrays straight-sets win over Viktor Troicki sets him approximately deal with Juan Mnaco in the 2nd round at the Olympics

Andy Murray is having the time of his life in Rio, a city that has actually appeared more like hell than paradise to a minimum of a minority of the countless professional athletes, media agents and fans who have actually come down on the 2016 Olympics.

From the minute the Scot led Great Britain on to the large stretch of the Maracan on Friday night, clutching the flag in his strong left hand according to the directions of his compatriot and six-times Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy, till he put the concluding touches to a remarkable opening win in straight sets over Viktor Troicki here on Sunday afternoon, Murray has actually been quite in your home.

While familiar with the issues numerous Brazilians are withstanding as a patched-up facilities creaks and their political leaders repair a rictus group smile to camouflage the installing smell of corruption, Murray is proceeding with his tennis. He struck with complete confidence and with conviction to subdue the world No35 for the 8th time in 8 conferences, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 23 minutes.

I was a bit worried at the start having actually not bet a couple of weeks, Murray yielded, and it was my very first match on tough courts for a while and in challenging windy conditions. I did quite well. It was a great start.

His last match was winning his 2nd Wimbledon title in the London sunlight last month. Ever since, he has actually rested, kept his sensational tennis maker ticking over and his concentrate on an Olympic gold medal to choose the one he won practically to the day 4 years earlier.

It was very important to [keep the momentum going] not a lot considering that as attempting to win an Olympic medal. Thats what contributes to the pressure a bit.

As for the broader Olympic experience on an uncommon see to South America, he stated: Ive took pleasure in Rio a lot. Being around the Great Britain professional athletes, being around talking, supporting Ive enjoyed it. The flag bearing was incredible. Going out into the arena was an amazing sensation. I was pleased to lead the British group out.

And how did he fulfill that difficulty from Hoy to bring the flag one-handed? It was not that heavy, however it is rather a long lever. When it moves a bit you get rather worn out rapidly.

Murray is no sporting groupie however he does delight in fulfilling professional athletes from other sports and there were a lot of them on hand at the opening event. I sat with Justin Rose en route back from the opening event. Kevin Durant, too, was excellent to see, as I am a huge basketball fan.

Asked if supporting to hang on to his Olympic laurels included any pressure, he stated: Im not safeguarding a gold medal. I will constantly keep that. Thats constantly going to exist. You do not need to offer it back. Its more attempting to win another medal, thats the pressure, wishing to do something here. Thats the pressure Im placing on myself. Im not believing exactly what occurred 4 years earlier.

If he were to win his 2nd Olympic gold medal here, it would provide him 18 wins in a row to verify he is most likely in the most constant kind in his profession. He has actually lost simply as soon as in his previous 24 matches the last at Roland Garros and in the Olympics, he has actually not lost a songs match because August 2008.

Next up is the Argentinian Juan Mnaco, who beat Mirza Basic 6-2, 6-2 and has actually taken 2 matches off Murray in 5 efforts, his last success showing up 6 years earlier in Valencia.

Stepping on to the intense brand-new Centre Court left by Serena Williams after her simple 6-4, 6-2 win over the Australian Daria Gavrilova, Murray, who has actually positioned much shop in not just keeping his title however supporting the stability of Olympic tennis, began very carefully in front of a smattering of fans on a windy and overcast afternoon, then systematically ground down his challenger.

Those present in the splendidly designated masterpiece arena possibly 4,000 fans in an arena function constructed for 10,000 with a view to holding Masters competitions in the future appeared to favour the Scot, and groaned in frustration when he cannot capitalize 3 break points in the 2nd video game.

If the contest needed more edge than fighting for a location in the 2nd round of a competitors missing out on 5 of the worlds leading 10 gamers (for a

range of factors), they had history to provide on that, too. Murray was important of the Serb when he was suspended for cannot supply a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Open in 2013, which provided a frisson to his relationship with Troickis compatriot, Novak Djokovic.

Also, it appeared strange, certainly, that Troicki did not participate in as a viewer in his house town of Belgrade when Great Britain beat Serbia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup last month and Murray, who was resting, broke training to sit courtside in assistance of his team-mates. Djokovic likewise did not show up.

Still, here they remained in the preliminary of the Olympics and all that worried Murray and Troicki was the task at hand. Murray got a review in the 4th video game, however the Serb held on. 2 video games later on, he lastly broke under the weight of Murrays heavy, precise ground strokes and his own failure to manage deep balls in the whipping breeze.

Troicki remained in the set with an ace and a forehand that clipped the net kindly, however he might not reject Murray with ball in hand, and the Scot finished up the frame to enjoy after 46 minutes of quality tennis in requiring conditions.

The 2nd set was closer than the rating recommends, however not by much. Murray needed to conserve break point however he completed with a clutch or wearing shots that left Troicki rough and resigned.

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