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.
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.
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