Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

Murray survives scare, reaches Rio 2016 quarterfinals

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Andy Murray constructed a comeback to keep alive his bid for an unprecedented second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal.

The No. 2 seed from Britain, considered an overwhelming favorite to win the Rio de Janeiro tennis tournament after No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s early exit, reached the quarterfinals Thursday by beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

Murray trailed 3-0 in the final set before turning things around on an afternoon so windy that courtside signage repeatedly got blown over.

The result stretched Murray’s winning streak to 15 matches, including a second Wimbledon championship last month for a third Grand Slam title overall.

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