Olympic heartbreak for Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury: British pair’s exceptional run involves an finish after late collapse prices them towards Croatian pair Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury’s medal hopes had been ended by a quarter-final loss to Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig within the males’s doubles.
The British pair had been in wonderful type by means of the primary two rounds and issues gave the impression to be going easily once they broke Cilic to steer by a set and a break.
However the Croatians responded impressively, breaking the Murray serve, successful the second set on a tie-break after which coming by means of a deciding first-to-10-point tie-break to win 4-6 7-6 (2) 10-7.
Andy Murray’s hopes of turning into first British man to win 4 Olympic medals are over
Murray and Joe Salisbury’s late collapse noticed them dumped out within the quarter-finals in Tokyo
Murray and Salisbury got here into the match in a wealthy vein of type and had been but to even drop a set.
It felt as if the Brits had been going to be heading to the semi-finals after they gained the primary set 6-4 and took a 4-2 lead within the second.
However a late collapse value them because the Croatians rallied again to win the second set on a tie-breaker earlier than clinching an important champion’s tie-breaker to progress to the final 4 in Tokyo.
Murray and Salisbury had been understandably disconsolate, with the Scot admitting that could possibly be his final Olympic expertise.
‘I do not know if I will get the chance to play once more,’ he stated. ‘I’ve liked each minute of taking part in within the Olympics. I wanted that at this time might have gone in a different way.
‘Had one other probability with Joe to win a medal, we had been so shut, and that is what’s disappointing. I wish to have achieved some stuff in a different way within the match to attempt to assist out extra. Very disenchanted.’
Murray appears to be like dejected as he leaves the courtroom after his Olympics got here to finish
Croatia’s pair Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic progress to the semi-final after battling again to win