Rio 2016: Tennis ace Marcus Daniell goes down fighting on Olympic debut

08 August 2016

Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Marcus Daniell went mighty close to pulling off a shock result while representing New Zealand in the first round of the men’s doubles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday.

Daniell and partner Michael Venus got off to a storming start against the number seven seeds from Canada, Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil, as they won the first set 6-4.

However, their opponents levelled by winning the second set 6-3 before edging the decisive third-set tie-break 8-6 to seal victory after a hard-fought two hours and three minutes.

Daniell, currently ranked 58th in the world, is coached by David Sammel, Ian MacDonald and Bob Smith at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

He will now turn his attention to the US Open having reached the last 32 in the doubles at Flushing Meadows last year.

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