Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin del Potro both advanced in the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the year with straight set wins in the California desert.
* Article originally published by me for UBITennis.net *
Dimitrov needed just one hour and nine minutes to see off Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-0 in the second match on Stadium 2 to reach the third round in Indian Wells. The Bulgarian squandered an early break advantage and got pegged back to 3-3, but then raced away with the match, winning nine of the next 10 games to see off the Russian.
In the following match on the same court, del Potro reached the third round for the first time since his run to the final in 2013, battling past Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 6-3 in an entertaining all-Argentine clash. Delbonis recovered from a break down and had a set point, pushing his compatriot all the way in the first set. However, a strong tiebreak from the 31st seed proved to be telling, with del Potro needing just the one break in the second to secure victory.
Great Britain’s Andy Murray became the first tennis player to win the gold medal in the singles at back to back Olympic games after coming through a marathon match 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in four hours and two minutes.
Murray claims a very lengthy opening set
Both players made tentative starts to this match of such high importance as Murray produced a couple of errors to be pegged back to 30-30 on serve. The Brit came through to get the first game on the board and began to exude pressure on the del Potro serve. The defending Olympic champion moved to 0-30 before the Argentine hit back with some winners of his own.