Djokovic, Andy Murray, & Serena eye gold in Rio

Tennis heavy weights like Wawrinka and Roger Federer are missing in the Rio Olympics.

No thanks to injuries the both suffered, penultimate to Rio’s Olympics.

This leaves Rio Tennis games with over half of the top 20 tennis seeds.

However, Djokovic, Murray and Nadal are all in form for Rio’s competition.

Andy Murray noted that “It is unfortunate. The Olympics in London was very strong.

“Because of a few injuries and some of the potential health problems, it’s made it a little bit weaker this time around.

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“Everyone views things differently.

“For me, the Olympics is the biggest sporting event by far, and I’m proud to be here representing my country.”

Andy Murray is the reigning gold medalist. He could face fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori in the semifinals.

The 64-player draw was announced on Thursday.

Andy Murray will play 35th-ranked Viktor Troicki in the first round.

“He’s one of the better players that’s not seeded,” Murray said.

“He likes the hard court. Good competitor, good mover. Definitely a tough opening match.”

Murray, who will be Britain’s flag bearer at Friday’s opening ceremony, doesn’t play until Sunday.

He and his brother, Jamie, are seeded in doubles.

Jamie won this year’s Australian Open title with regular partner Bruno Soares of Brazil.

Novak Djokovic will meet 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the first round.

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Del Potro currently ranks as the 145th seed after three surgeries on his left wrist.

Del Potro is no push over as he upset fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon last month.

Recall that Del Potro hasn’t played any serious tournament in the past two and half years following his surgeries.

Del Potro beat Djokovic for bronze in London four years ago.

Djokovic is seeking his first Olympic title.

If permutations are anything to go by, Djokovic may meet third-seeded Rafael Nadal.

Nadal hasn’t played since withdrawing from the French Open because of a left wrist injury.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams, the reigning gold medalist, may meet her older sister, Venus Williams, in the semifinals.

The Williams sisters, coming off a Wimbledon title, are seeded first in doubles as they seek their fourth gold medal together.