Britain’s Andy Murray enjoyed a routine win over Argentina’s Juan Monaco to ease into the third round of the tennis tournament at the Rio Games on Tuesday, while Spain’s world number nine David Ferrer was knocked out.
Murray, who won singles gold at the London Games, outclassed Monaco 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour and will next face either France’s Benoit Paire or Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
“I played pretty well, hit the ball good from the back of the court, not many unforced errors. It was a good match,” said Murray, who is favourite to take gold after Serbia’s world number one Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the first round.
Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig collapsed in tears of joy after her shock 6-1 6-1 win over Spain’s French Open champion Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday.
Puig, ranked 34, downed world number three Muguruza in just over an hour and will play Germany’s Laura Siegemund in the quarter-finals of the Olympic tennis tournament.
In another upset, Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy edged out Spain’s world number 12 David Ferrer in three tense sets. Donskoy, ranked 84 in the world, put out former French Open finalist Ferrer 3-6 7-6(1) 7-5.
“In important moments he played more aggressively than me,” said 34-year-old Ferrer, who conceded this may be his last Olympics.