Murray progresses, Sugita’s run ends

Great Britain's Andy Murray advanced to the last 16 of the men's singles competition at the Rio Olympics after beating Argentina's Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-1 while Japan's Yuichi Sugita's bid for gold ended at the hands of France's Gilles Simon.

Murray coasted into the third round with a straight sets victory over Monaco.

The Scott got off to a fast start as he broke Monaco at the first opportunity. In the fifth game of the encounter Monaco would break back. However, Murray would regain control immediately as he recorded his second break of the match to lead 4-2. He was ruthless in serving out the set.

In the second stanza, Murray seemed intent on getting out of the Rio heat as quickly as possible- he broke three times en route to claiming the set 6-1 and in doing so the match.

Speaking after, Murray denied that his early exit from the doubles competition added any kind of extra-motivation.

"I played pretty well. I hit the ball well from the back of the court," said the two-time Wimbledon champion.

"I didn't make many unforced errors and it was a good match.

"I didn't use the doubles defeat as fuel. It made things harder if anything. It was a tough loss obviously and the way the match went was really tough so you've got to take it, move on and try your best the next day to win your matches and that’s it."

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Earlier in the day, Sugita lost 6-7 (3), 2-6 to Simon.

The biggest moment in the match came after the 27-year-old Japanese player had broken Simon in the opening set and led 4-2. He allowed the Frenchman back into the meeting by gifting him his next service game.

Simon would go on to claim the set in a tie-breaker and storm home in the second stanza.

Elsewhere in the men's draw, Russia's Evgeny Donskoy was too much for Spain's David Ferrer as he beat him 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

USA's Steve Johnson triumphed over Portugal's Gastão Elias in straight sets.

Spain's Rafael Nadal continued his impressive return to tennis as he saw off an enthusiastic challenge from Italy's Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

Belgium's David Goffin also overpowered Israel's Dudi Sela in no time at all.

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