Brit Andy Murray will get a chance to defend his London 2012 Olympic gold medal (he defeated Roger Federer in straight sets in the final) as he faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in today’s final in Rio de Janeiro.
This will be the fifth time the two meet, with Murray leading the Head to Head 5-2. However, the last time he played Delpo was back in 2013 and the Tower from Tandil came out on top in that one (QF of Indian Wells Masters). The Brit leads 4-1 in their H2H meetings on hard court.
Murray made short work of Nishikori in his semi-final match as he dispatched the Japanese in straight sets 6-1 6-4. Kei never really showed his full potential, with the 2016 Wimbledon champion Murray taking full advantage of the situation.
In the second semis encounter, Delpo squared off against the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medal holder Rafa Nadal, who has already managed to win gold with his best friend Marc Lopez in the men’s doubles. The spectators were treated to an enthralling shoot-out between the two tennis greats. After the Spaniard winning the first set 7-5, Delpo stepped it up a notch, grabbing the second with 6-4. Despite going down a break in the decider, Rafa found a way back into the match, forcing a breaker. However, Delpo managed to raise his game in the most crucial moments, capturing the tiebreak 7-5 and booking a place in Sunday’s final.
Both players have been on top form this week, after Delpo upset Novak Djokovic in the opening round, he defeated Joao Sousa, Taro Daniel and Roberto Bautista-Agut before eliminating Rafa.
Murray had a very easy first two rounds as he demolished Viktor Troicki and Juan Monaco and he followed it up with two three set victories over Fabio Fognini respectively Steve Johnson.
Despite the Argentine proving to be almost 100% fit after suffering a troublesome wrist injury a couple of years back, he might just be lacking a bit of fitness when he faces the wall Andy Murray, who is as motivated as he has ever been.
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