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Tokyo Olympics Tennis: Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury eliminated from the men’s doubles

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Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury discuss tactics
Murray and Salisbury were playing their first event together
dates: July 23 – August 8 Time in Tokyo: GMT +8
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Andy Murray’s bid for Olympic gold at the third successive Games ended as he and Joe Salisbury lost in the men’s doubles quarterfinals in Tokyo.

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The British duo lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-7 against Croatian Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in the quarter-finals.

Murray, 34, and Salisbury, a doubles specialist who reached a lofty of three final year, were playing their first event together.

Cilic and Dodig confront New Zealander Michael Venus and Marcus Daniel next.

Murray, who won the singles titles in London 2012 and Rio 2016, withdrew from the singles event with a slight groin strain to focus on the doubles.

The three-time Grand Slam singles champion has forged an impressive partnership with the 29-year-old, who won his first major doubles title at the Australian Open final year.

But they couldn’t build on the group’s lead and the burst as Cilic and Dodig turned the game around.

The duo broke in the first game of the match, maintaining that advantage as Salisbury sealed the first set with an instinctive shot on Murray’s serve.

Murray and Salisbury broke again for 3-2 in the second set and consolidated their 4-2 advantage, only to lose 4-4 serve and see their opponents triumph in the tiebreak to force a decision.

Momentum remained with Cilic and Dodig in the first-to-tenth tiebreak, with the Croats finishing second on three points when Salisbury’s lengthy shot.

Who can end Djokovic’s dominance?

Daniil Medvedev celebrates his triumph over Fabio Fognini
Medvedev is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up, having lost in the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open.

In the men’s singles, the Russian second seed Daniel Medvedev He competent for the quarter-finals following defeating Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The next person to reach the Australian Open final this year is Spain Pablo Carino Posta, Who won 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 over German Dominic Kupfer.

Medvedev, 25, is one of those seeking to finish the Serbian number one Novak Djokovic She hopes to conclude her first “slam gold” – all four Grand Slam and Olympic golds in one calendar year – in men’s tennis.

Djokovic, winner of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year, faces Spain’s Alejandro Davidovic Fokina in a third-round match later on Wednesday.

Britain Liam Brody He is also at work later.

Prodi, who made his Olympic debut with a stunning triumph over Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz earlier this week, plays French veteran Jeremy Chardy.

Svitolina explains why she is the woman to conquer

Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina He was the first player to reach the semi-finals of the Tokyo Singles following his 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Italian Camila Giorgi.

Svitolina, 26, is the highest-ranked women’s singles player following beforetime exits from Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

The Czech Republic is a previous finalist at the French Open Marketa Vondrosova Lie waiting for Svitolina in the final four games. The 22-year-old left-hander won the first set against Paula Padusa prior the Spaniard withdrew due to illness.

Elina Svitolina celebrates her triumph over Camila Giorgi
Elina Svitolina is looking forward to a double celebration in Tokyo following marrying tennis player Gael Monfils final week

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