Andy Murray began the defence of his Olympic singles titles with a routine victory over Viktor Troicki at Rio 2016. The Briton lost serve in his opening service game but eventually outlasted the Serbian to move into the second round where he will face Juan Monaco of Argentina.
The Wimbledon champion showed no after-effects from having been the Team GB flag bearer during the opening ceremony on Friday (5 August) and produced a fine display to cruise into the next round. He joins Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson in winning his opening match.
Troicki, who has previously served a 12-month doping ban, had never beaten Murray in their previous seven meetings but a break in the opening game gave the Davis Cup winner from 2010 hope he could spring a surprise. But Murray quickly recovered and as the rallies extended the 28-year-old pulled ahead.
Murray took the fourth break point of the sixth game to go 4-2 ahead, an advantage he would convert into a first set lead. A virtuoso forehand pass secured the lead in the second and the Scot never looked back as he closed out the match 6-3 6-2.