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Friday, 12 August 2016 15:57 PM BST
Olympic round-up: Murray hangs on as Nadal guarantees a medal rounds up the action from the Olympic tennis in Rio. READ MORE

Andy Murray could have been forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu after seeing an eighth consecutive game slip by him.

The combination of playing Murray and wearing Italian colours seems to bring out the best in Fabio Fognini. Back in the 2014 Davis Cup, he caught fire on the clay in Naples, beating Murray in straight sets to turn the tide and help Italy to a 3-2 victory against Great Britain.

That day, he started slowly before running away with the match, and in an Olympic stadium that could have passed for a Davis Cup venue, it looked for all the world like history might repeat itself.

Cheered on by a vociferous group of Italians, Fognini rallied 2-1 down in the second to lead 3-0 in the third, slapping forehands past Murray’s vaunted defence.

Murray’s powers of recovery are well-documented, but a comeback was by no means a given against someone who has become something of a bogey player for him in recent years. However, Fognini can blow cold as quickly as he can blow hot, and the Italian slipped from 3-1 up to 6-1 down in the blink of an eye, with Murray ultimately triumphing 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

"It wasn't pretty, but I won," said Murray of his victory. At Wimbledon, his scare against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga proved to be the last time he dropped a set in the whole tournament, and a similar pattern could be about to emerge.

However, Rafael Nadal has recaptured the form he displayed in the first two rounds at Roland Garros, and will be boosted by the knowledge that he is guaranteed at least a silver medal, after he and doubles partner Marc Lopez beat Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor to reach the gold medal match.

Juan Martin Del Potro and Gael Monfils have progressed nicely too - the latter fought back against Marin Cilic to set up a quarter-final meeting with Kei Nishikori - while home hope Thomaz Bellucci recorded an impressive victory against David Goffin.

The women’s draw, meanwhile, has become one of the most intriguing of any tournament in recent years.

Into the semi-final stage without any clear favourite - bar maybe Angelique Kerber, who comfortably dispatched Johanna Konta - the field is very evenly matched, although the form player is arguably Monica Puig, who recorded her second consecutive 6-1, 6-1 win, this time against Laura Siegemund.

She faces Petra Kvitova, who has the potential to blow anyone off the court, while Madison Keys looks on course for a potentially career-launching win, although Kerber’s hard-court pedigree will be hard to overcome.

Elsewhere, the mixed doubles began in earnest, with 2012 silver medallist Murray and Wimbledon champion Heather Watson coming in at the last minute before promptly beating Spanish pair Carla Suarez-Navarro and David Ferrer.

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