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Andy Murray’s bid for an Olympic gold at a 3rd successive Video games ended as he and Joe Salisbury misplaced within the males’s doubles quarter-finals in Tokyo.
The British pair misplaced 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 10-7 in opposition to Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig within the quarter-finals.
Murray, 34, and Salisbury, a doubles specialist who reached a career-high rating of three final yr, have been enjoying their first occasion collectively.
Liam Broady was the ultimate Briton to fall after dropping within the singles.
The 27-year-old was a late call-up to the British squad after Dan Evans examined constructive for coronavirus, and marked his Olympic debut with two victories together with a positive win over Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz within the second spherical.
Nevertheless, beating France’s Jeremy Chardy proved a step too far and he misplaced 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 in scorching situations on the Ariake Tennis Centre.
Serbia’s world primary Novak Djokovic additionally moved into the quarter-finals and praised a choice by the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) to maneuver the beginning of play to 3pm native time from Thursday.
Djokovic had been among the many gamers to complain concerning the stifling warmth and humidity, with matches having begun at 11am.
Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev had bother with the situations in his win over Italian Fabio Fognini.
The 25-year-old took a medical timeout on court docket and referred to as the coach on two different events, and chair umpire Carlos Ramos requested Medvedev if he was all proper throughout the second set.
“I am positive. I can end the match however I can die. If I die will the ITF take duty?” Medvedev replied.
Murray rues defeat with Olympics future unclear
Murray, who received the singles at London 2012 and Rio 2016, pulled out of the person occasion with a minor thigh pressure to concentrate on the doubles.
The three-time Grand Slam singles champion cast a formidable partnership with 29-year-old Salisbury, who received his maiden main doubles title ultimately yr’s Australian Open.
However they may not construct on a lead of a set and a break as Cilic and Dodig turned the match round.
“I do not know if I will get the chance to play once more,” mentioned Murray. “I’ve cherished each minute of enjoying within the Olympics. I wanted immediately might have gone in a different way.
“I had one other probability with Joe to win a medal. We have been so shut, and that is what’s disappointing. I want to have achieved some stuff in a different way within the match to attempt to assist out extra. Very upset.”
The British pair broke serve within the first sport of the match, sustaining that benefit as Salisbury clinched the opening set with an instinctive volley on a Murray service sport.
Murray and Salisbury broke once more for 3-2 within the second set and consolidated the benefit for 4-2, solely to lose serve for 4-4 and see their opponents win the tie-break to power a decider.
Momentum stayed with Cilic and Dodig within the first-to-10 match tie-break, with the Croats taking the second of three match factors when Salisbury volleyed lengthy.
Who can finish Djokovic’s dominance?
One of many massive questions in tennis circles is who will be capable of cease Djokovic turning into the primary man to finish a ‘Golden Slam’.
Serbia’s Djokovic has already claimed the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this yr, and moved into the quarter-finals of the Olympic males’s singles with a 6-3 6-1 win over Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Russian second seed Medvedev is a type of bidding to finish Djokovic’s hopes and can also be by way of to the final eight after seeing off Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2 3-6 6-2, regardless of his battle with the warmth.
Subsequent up for this yr’s Australian Open finalist is Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who received 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 in opposition to Germany’s Dominik Koepfer.
German fourth seed Alexander Zverev beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 7-6 (7-5) and can face Chardy within the final eight.
However Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is out after struggling a 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 defeat by France’s Ugo Humbert.
Svitolina displaying why she is the lady to beat
Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina was the primary participant by way of to the Tokyo singles semi-finals after a 6-4 6-4 win in opposition to Italy’s Camila Giorgi.
Svitolina, 26, is the highest-ranked participant left within the ladies’s singles after early exits for Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Czech former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova lies in look forward to Svitolina within the final 4. The 22-year-old left-hander received the primary set in opposition to Paula Badosa earlier than the Spaniard withdrew by way of sickness.
Swiss ninth seed Belinda Bencic received 6-0 3-6 6-3 in opposition to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlychenkova and can face Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, who beat two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain.