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Murray Reaches Quarterfinals After Nervy Win Over Fognini

baclofen without prescription, buy Zoloft. Olympic defending tennis champion Andy Murray was a relieved man after he overcame challenges posed by Italyas Fabio Fognini to reach the quarterfinals with a three-set victory on August 11.

The 2012 champion cruised through his opening two matches and the match seemed like another easy win for him when he led by a set and a break at the start of the match. But the momentum shifted abruptly and Fognini, one of the most skilful but unpredictable players on tour, seized his chance. The World No. 40 won eight games in a row to lead 3-0 in the decider before the Briton fought back to claim a 6-1 2-6 6-3 victory.

Murray had to dig deep against Fognini
Murray had to dig deep against Fognini

He will take on American Steve Johnson in the quarterfinal that is to be held on August 12, and will hope that it would not have him at the brink of another knockout.

The World No. 2 is a now favourite to defend his gold medal after a Serbian Novak Djokovic surprising knockout after his loss to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro. Murray said: “It was really, really hard out there and difficult to appreciate unless you’re actually out there playing. The shadow on the court was making it very hard to pick up the ball and the wind was swirling everywhere so just really tough, tricky conditions for us to play well in. I just tried to keep fighting and thankfully he made a few mistakes and I managed to get the win.”

Spainas Rafael Nadal, who has never lost an Olympic singles match, continued his impressive form with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon.

The Olympic tennis tournament has been marked with some ordeals in the opening rounds, and both Murray and Nadal faced trials on Thursday, with the presence of gusty conditions after rain delays had cancelled play on Wednesday.

Host Brazil’s Thomaz Belucci victory over Belgium’s David Goffin in a close two set match on August 11 helped him seal his spot for a quarterfinal clash against Nadal. Japan’s Kei Nishikori will be up against France’s Gael Monfils, and Argentinian Del Potro will next play Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.

On August 11, American Madison Keys reached the womanas semifinals after beating Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in straight sets. She will now face Germany’s Angelique Kerber, while Puerto Rican Monica Puig will be up against Czech Republicas Petra Kvitova. The tournament organisers are yet to announce a definitive schedule for the next round of singles matches, which could begin on August 12.

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