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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Andy Murray continues Olympic dream

1st August 2012

Andy Murray is through to the next round of the Olympic tennis tournament.

The British number one played well to beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in a comprehensive victory 6-2 6-4.

Murray will now play next Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the third round. The Scot recently beat him in the third round of the All-England Club championship so will be looking for a similar result this time.

The player praised the home support in the SW19 court and is hoping he can make it through to his first Olympic final on August 5th.

"When you play in front of packed crowds it helps. When it's home support and it's with you it helps a lot," said Murray.

He added: "The atmosphere has been great since the first match. Hopefully I can keep going because it's fun to play in an atmosphere like this."

There was less success for British female players as Laura Robson was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 by Russia's Maria Sharapova and Heather Watson lost her second round match to another Russian player Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-2 in just under 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Milos Raonic in the longest tennis match in Olympic history. The French player won 6-3 3-6 25-23 in an encounter that lasted just four minutes short of an epic four hours.

"It's difficult to play the other guy because his serve is perfect," said Tsonga.

He added: "I'm pretty happy with the way I played because it was not easy for me."

People staying in central London hotels who have tickets to the Olympic tennis will be pleased to hear that Andy Murray and Laura Robson are also set to play in the mixed doubles competition.


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