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Tennis world number two Andy Murray has said he is fit for the Rio Olympic Games following several high profile withdrawals three days ahead of the Games' opening. The British three-time Grand Slam winner remains in the men's singles main draw with world number one Novak Djokovic and Spanish world number five Rafael Nadal.

Swiss world number four Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the Olympics on Tuesday citing back injury after 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer withdrew with a knee injury. On Monday, world number 11 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia dropped out of the women's competition with a left leg injury following Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic's withdrawal.

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World No.1 Novak Djokovic has arrived here ahead of his bid for an elusive Olympic gold medal. The 29-year-old was greeted by a throng of fans and journalists at the Tom Jobim airport arrivals hall late on Monday afternoon.

Djokovic told reporters he was looking forward to the "experience of a lifetime" at the Athletes' Village in Rio's west.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia bounced back from a disappointing exit at Wimbledon to capture the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday. The indefatigable Serb defeated Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 to win his fourth Rogers Cup crown.

Sunday's victory was also Djokovic's 30th ATP Masters title, extending his record over Spain's Rafael Nadal's 28 career titles and Switzerland's Roger Federer's 24.

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World No.6 Kei Nishikori of Japan beat No.5 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in straight sets 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Saturday.

26 year-old Nishikori overcame a 5-2 deficit in the first set to win it in a tie break on Saturday. The opening set lasted 63 minutes and saw Wawrinka fail to convert on four set point opportunities before Nishikori converted on his first set point.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and no.10 seed Gael Monfils advanced to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup with victories over Tomas Berdych and home-crowd favourite Milos Raonic in Toronto.

Djokovic was the big favourite Friday evening against the fifth-seeded Czech, having won 24 of their previous 26 matches, but he squandered a 5-2 first-set lead and nearly lost the tie-breaker when he went down 3-6.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic, Swiss No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka and Japanese No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori all advanced to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto with victories over Tomas Berdych, Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov respectively. There was one major upset in yesterday's quarter-finals with Wimbledon runner-up and local favourite Milos Raonic going down to 10th seed Gael Monfils.

In Friday's first quarter-final, Wawrinka brushed aside Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-3, taking advantage of the South African's poor serving to cruise to victory in one hour and 13 minutes. In the first set, Anderson put just 48 percent of his first serves in play, which proved costly as he won only 23 percent of his second-serve points and was broken three times.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia headlined the top seeded players who advanced to the quarter-finals on the fourth day of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto on Thursday. Djokovic defeated 37-year-old Czech opponent Radek Stepanek in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) on Thursday to reach the last eight stage of the tournament in nine of the last 10 times since making his tournament debut in 2007.


The only year when he did not advance to the round of the final eight was 2014 when he was knocked out by eventual winner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round.

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