Some people are really perplexed that Rafael Nadal has put his name forward for doubles and mixed doubles as well in the Olympic Games. Due to fitness issues, it was thought that the Spaniard would be giving himself a go only in singles.
However, it is not something which has made Juan Monaco’s eyebrows go up. The Argentinean says he knew Nadal was not going to be cautious and would want to be competing in every draw.
As per Monaco, Nadal has tremendous fighting instincts in him and he can’t hold himself back if his body is fine.
Monaco though admits that Nadal would be slightly uncertain about how much strength he has got back in that injured hand because he has not been in a game scenario after the recovery.
Monaco has also warned everyone about the comeback man Juan Martin Del Potro whom he has had some practice-sessions recently as he reckons his countryman is hitting it nicely and is set for a good run.
Del Potro will have to create an upset straightaway to move any further in the singles as he is in section 1 of the draw and his opponent first up will be Novak Djokovic who is almost unconquerable these days.
Monaco himself is in the last section of the draw and he has to see off Mirza basic from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the starters. If he wins that match and clears the Round of 64, he will, in all likelihood, bump into Murray who is also in the same section.
Murray is taking on the consistently diminishing old man Viktor Troicki in the opening round whom he should stream roll over within an hour unless he has his worst day on the court.