Tennis: Djokovic to face Del Potro in Olympic tournament first round


World number one Novak Djokovic will have a tough first-round match at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as he will face Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro. Even though Del Potro only came back from injury this year, he still is a strong player. The two have already met at the Olympic Games in 2012, when Del Potro defeated Djokovic to take the bronze medal.

Defending champion Andy Murray, representing Great Britain, will face Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the first round. Troicki has defeated Murray only once in his career, in 2014 in Vienna, while the Briton has won the other six direct meetings. Rafael Nadal will take on Argentina's Federico Delbonis in the singles first round, but he will also play in the men's doubles and mixed doubles.

Nadal has won both previous encounters against Delbonis, both in straight sets. Fourth seed Kei Nishikori will start with a match against Spain's Albert Ramos. Their last direct meeting was in 2013 in Barcelona, won by Ramos, while the previous three encounters were all won by Nishikori. Another interesting first-round match will be the one between ninth sees Marin Cilic from Croatia and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. The men's Olympic tennis tournament kicks off on Saturday, August 6.

Here are the outright odds at Bet365 for the top favourites for the 2016 Olympic tournament:

Novak Djokovic - 8/11
Andy Murray - 5/2
Rafael Nadal - 12/1
Kei Nishikori - 14/1

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  • Serbia urkesh0rk

    7/8/16

    Novak Djokovic is for sure under a lot of pressure this Olympics. Everyone from his motherland to all over the world is expecting him to win, and that pressure, matched with hard opponents starting round 1 and constant testing on drugs that they are doing on him might be a little too much for average men to comprehend. Luckily I think that he is more then average mentally and physically. Del Potro is hard opponent, you want someone easier in the first round so you can warm up for later stages, but it is what it is. I believe in Novak, go make us Serbs proud!

  • Montenegro scepan7

    7/8/16

    Novak Djokovic wants to be a champion in Rio very much. It's the only trophy he has not won. I think he has great chances to win the gold medal. He is very motivated and I think that will be the champion .
    Currently, the best player in the world and no one better than him . This is an ideal opportunity to win this tournament.

  • Slovenia mannixx

    7/8/16

    I think thats a hard match for Novak Djokovic , even though Del Potro is not as good as he used to be before the injuries, but he is coming back in good form and he showed good tennis at Wibledoon where he beat Stanislav Wawrinka but latter lost in 3 round, so it can heapen anything today.

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