Johnson vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Friday August 12, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Andy Murray and Steve Johnson meet in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Andy Murray is coming off a three set victory over that took 24 games to decide. Murray has dropped just one set this tournament and continues to steamroll the competition, as he still hasn’t lost a match since losing the French Open final. Murray has lost just one match since the Rome Masters and has won 12 of his last 13 sets overall. Murray is simply on another planet right now with how well he’s played the last several months. Murray is now one win away from given the chance to win back-to-back olympic gold medals after holding down Great Britain back in 2012. Murray has won 13 of his last 16 matches on hard court.
Steve Johnson is coming off a straight sets win over Evgeny Donskoy that took 14 games to decide. Johnson has yet to lose a set this tournament and has dropped just 14 games overall in his first three matches. Johnson entered this tournament in decent form after making the semifinals in Washington, and he showed just how good of a player he can be when he’s aggressive with his return. Johnson has one of the best serves in tennis but has put pressure on his opponent with his return to take that next step in his career. Johnson has one win over a top-10 player, which came this year against Richard Gasquet. Johnson has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have met once in the past, which was in the 2015 Shanghai Masters, a match Murray won in 18 games.
Johnson always has a shot with his service game, so an upset here wouldn’t be shocking. However, Murray has been playing on another level all year long and has nothing but titles on his mind. I’ve said time and time again that Murray is probably playing the best tennis of his life.
I have to side with Murray in this match.