Besides the singles competition, Andy will also compete in the doubles event with his brother Jamie. Join us while we analyze Andy’s chances of leaving Rio de Janeiro with two gold medals.
When the International Tennis Federation confirmed that this year's edition of the Olympic Games wouldn't offer any ranking points, many players started questioning their motivation to play on this event, with several top players announcing their withdrawal. However, Andy Murray's appearance in Rio de Janeiro was never in doubt since he loves to compete for his country – with Great Britain's Davis Cup title last year as a great example of that.
After winning his second Wimbledon title a few weeks ago, Andy decided to withdraw from the Rogers Cup, which allowed him to arrive earlier and have more time to adjust to the game conditions in Rio – humid, slow and windy.
Taking a look now to Murray's draw on the singles competition, the British is the highest ranked player on the bottom half of the draw and starts his campaign on Sunday against Viktor Troicki. Andy shouldn't experience any kind of problems against this opponent, with the world no.2 winning all the previous seven encounters between them.
On the following two rounds Murray might face Juan Monaco and Fabio Fognini – two players who clearly prefer to compete on clay courts. Even though Andy already lost to these two players, the 2012 Olympic Champion should be just too good for both, with two solid straight sets victories expected.
Looking now to Andy's potential opponents in the quarterfinals, David Ferrer is the biggest name on his quarter; however, the Spaniard is already far from his best and as it happened earlier this year in the Australian Open, Murray should claim the win and book a place in the next round.
Kei Nishikori is clearly Murray's biggest threat on the bottom half of the draw and the two might face in the semifinals. These two players know each other well with some remarkable battles in the past yet, Andy seems to be just too solid for Kei with a 6 – 1 lead on h2h.
With this in mind, Murray shouldn't experience many troubles until the final and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on his betting odds to reach the final at -138 at Bet365.
As it happened this year in Melbourne, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, Murray and Novak Djokovic should face each other once more in the decisive match. A high quality contest is expected between two of the greatest players of all time and even though Djokovic's lead on h2h, Murray seems to be at a higher level since the French Open and for that reason, we believe that he can leave Rio de Janeiro with the singles gold medal.
As we mentioned before, Andy will play the doubles competition with his brother Jamie. After losing in the opening round in 2012, the brothers are looking for a better performance in Rio de Janeiro where they are the main favorites to win the tournament at +317 at Pinnacle.
Even though Andy and Jamie don't play very often, they know each other very well and hold a terrific record together on the Davis Cup with five victories in five matches. Adding to this, they also have the advantage of having a right-handed and a left-handed player, which is extremely important in doubles with the Bryan brothers as a good example of that.
It won't be an easy path for the British with other high quality teams on this event however, they are undeniable favorites and clearly deserve to be added to our betting picks.
Having said that, we believe that this might be a phenomenal tournament for Andy Murray with the world no.2 leaving Rio de Janeiro with two gold medals.