Thursday, August 2, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012 andy murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nicolas Almagro, novak djokovic, Olympic Games
Andy Murray scored a 6-4, 6-1 victory Nicolas Almagro to reach the semifinals at the 2012 Olympics Tennis Event.
“It’s great, that was the goal coming into the tournament,” said Murray, on the prospect of winning an Olympic medal. “It’s nice to get the opportunity. It makes a big difference to play in front of a home crowd. It does add a little bit of extra pressure, but it helps raise your game.”
“It’s always nice playing in front of royalty,” said Murray, who had the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watching him. “You try not to [look up], but the crowd made a lot of noise when they came out. I think it’s great for tennis when you can get people like that coming along, it helps raise the profile."
The royals even joined in a Mexican Wave.
Murray got an early break to set up the tone of the encounter. At the end of the first set, Almagro called the physio onto Court One for a right shoulder complaint.
“You need to try to stick to the tactics you had when you came out on court,” said Murray, on his plan once Almagro aggravated an injury.
Almagro was broken to love in the fifth game and Murray took a 4-1 lead. The Scott sealed the win by breaking serve for a fourth time.
“I played solid on serve,” said Murray. “It was good and important that I got off the court quickly."
Murray is now just one win away from playing for at least a bronze medal and he added: "It's great. That was the goal coming into the tournament.
"It's nice to get the opportunity. If I win one of the next two matches, I'll give myself a shot at the medal. But obviously it's going to be a tough match against Jo or Novak."
Murray will next play Novak Djokovic, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 61 75.
Djokovic got a 3-0 lead in the opening set while Tsonga was able to win the fourth game oonly.
In the second set things changed a little as Tsonga led 3-1 but Djokovic the levelled the set.
At 5-5 Tsonga saved one match point, but at 30/40 Djokovic took his opportunity to attack the net. Forced to chase down a deep volley, the match ended when Tsonga hit a backhand crosscourt wide.
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