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Final place for Britain's No 1

Murray faces Del Potro in bid for gold

Murray in Olympic final

Olympics – Tennis: Andy Murray is guaranteed at least a silver medal at the Rio Games after beating Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old Scot won 6-1 6-4 and will play Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in his bid to become the first player to win two Olympic singles titles.

Del Potro defeated Rafael Nadal in a gripping tie that went to a final set tie-break.

“It’s obviously not an easy thing to do, that’s why it’s never been done before,” Murray said about the prospect of another gold medal.

“I’m going to give my best effort and I’m happy I’m guaranteed the medal, but the goal is obviously the gold medal and give it my best effort to win another one”.

Del Potro defeated the Spanish number one in three hours and eight minutes and will play Murray in tomorrow’s final.

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Football – English Premier League: Leicester City began their defence of the title with a defeat away to newly-promoted relegation favourites Hull City.

The Foxes were outfoxed by the managerless east Yorkshire side who secured a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Adama Diomande and Scottish international Robert Snodgrass.

Riyad Mahrez scored a dispute penalty for the visitors who lacked the composure that saw them win the English league for the first time in their history.

It is the first time the reigning English champions have started the season with a defeat since 1989, when Arsenal lost at Manchester United.

 

 

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