The return to the scene of the Spanish Rafael Nadal was encouraging for the competition and for a tournament that retains its main claims after the strong start of the British Andy Murray and the American Serena Williams, current Olympic champions.
The only three players who can leave Rio with a second Olympic gold around their necks survived the gale that threatened tranquility on the second day of tennis. The strong wind delayed the start of the session for an hour and a half, except on the center court, which was more protected by the stands.
At that time Nadal, Olympic champion in Beijing 2008, was underpinning his set-up on the day of his return. He had to nip his training session in the bud because of the wind, which blew away all kinds of objects.
Nadal emerged gracefully from a session without notable shocks on an uncomfortable day due to the weather, with the threat of latent rain throughout the hours.
The Spanish tennis player passed the test with a good note. He won with solvency the Argentine Federico Delbonis (6-2 and 6-1) in a clash that only maintained the equality during the first four games. Nadal does not even want to hear about the wrist injury that prevented him from playing Roland Garros at the end of last May and that has had him stopped for two months.
“It was a very good start. Better, impossible. I am happy with the way I have played and that I have returned to compete two months later. I am here to compete. Not to speak of a doll that is not one hundred percent “, Nadal said after his victory against Delbonis and the Italian Andreas Seppi in the second round.
When Rafael Nadal complied with his paperwork, Andy Murray had long since enjoyed his first victory at Rio 2016.
The current Olympic champion burst in forcefully. He overwhelmed the Serbian Viktor Troicki (6-3 and 6-2). It took just over an hour to stir the shock. The Scottish tennis player is in good shape, stimulated by his triumph at Wimbledon and who firmly deflected each of the few setbacks to which the Balkan player subjected him.
Also Serena Williams can finish the Games with a second gold medal around her neck. She is the only one in the women’s team with that possibility after the elimination, on Saturday, of her sister Venus.
The world number one imposed her law on her debut in Rio 2016 to beat the Australian Daria Gavrilova (6-4 and 6-2), who was not served by the effort and push with which she tried to face her rival .
Serena Williams, who closed the match in ninety minutes, will face the winner of the match between Sweden’s Johana Larsson and French Alize Cornet in the second round.
Brazil lived a round day. Two of its members of the men’s team managed, for the first time, to overcome a first Olympic stage. Thomaz Bellucci had not won a match in a few games. It had to be in the third, in his country and benefited by the withdrawal of the German Dustin Brown when he enjoyed that success. The German sprained his ankle and gave free rein to the South American, who had the game uphill.
Meritorious was the step in front of Rogerio Dutra Silva. The veteran tennis player, weighed down by injuries, found the reward for his fight with his victory against the Italian Thomas Fabbiano (7-6 (4) and 6-4). «At my age, 36 years old, it was unthinkable to play the Games. Now I have won, “he stressed.
Brown’s withdrawal was not the only one in the session. Russian Andrei Kuznetsov also dropped out. He left the game against the Spanish Roberto Bautista, who had started his reaction.
Along with Bautista, Spanish tennis completed its good day with the progression of David Ferrer, who overwhelmed the Uzbek Denis Istomin in search of a medal that “is won, not touched.”
The female team did not suffer any shocks either. Second seed Angelique Kerber knocked down the enthusiasm of Colombian Mariana Duque (6-3, 7-5) while Puerto Rican Monica Puig achieved an unprecedented victory in the games. He eliminated the Slovenian Polona Hercog.
The Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat Oiang Wang, nor the Czech Petra Kvitova, who got rid of the Hungarian Timea Babos, did not fail. The Danish Caroline Wozniaki also progressed, at the expense of the Czech Lucie Hradeca by a double 6-2. EFE