Murray will require magic for medal

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray will again have to be at his best if he is to succeed in securing a medal during London 2012 after being handed a rigorous route to the Olympic final.

The Scot produced some of the finest tennis of his career when becoming the first Briton in 74 years to reach the men’s final at Wimbledon less than three weeks ago but if it was to be hoped that his draw at the Olympics would be kinder then disappointment will only naturally now follow.

Stanislas Wawrinka is Murray’s first round opponent and one who won a gold medal in the doubles competition at Beijing in 2008 – when Murray lost in the opening round – and should he succeed in advancing any further, his likely opponents will then include Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych, world No2 Novak Djokovic and all-time great Roger Federer.

In the women’s competition, British No1 Heather Watson has been drawn against Spain’s Silvia Soler Espinosa, who as the world No63 is just four places above the 20-year-old Briton.

Watson partners Laura Robson in the doubles against Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki, Murray and his brother Jamie face Austria’s Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya, and Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha meet Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld