Olympic heartbreak for Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury: British pair’s remarkable run comes to an end after late collapse costs them against Croatian pair Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury’s medal hopes were ended by a quarter-final loss to Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in the men’s doubles.
The British pair had been in excellent form through the first two rounds and things seemed to be going smoothly when they broke Cilic to lead by a set and a break.
But the Croatians responded impressively, breaking the Murray serve, winning the second set on a tie-break and then coming through a deciding first-to-10-point tie-break to win 4-6 7-6 (2) 10-7.
Andy Murray’s hopes of becoming first British man to win four Olympic medals are over
Murray and Joe Salisbury’s late collapse saw them dumped out in the quarter-finals in Tokyo
Murray and Salisbury came into the match in a rich vein of form and were yet to even drop a set.
It felt as though the Brits were going to be heading to the semi-finals after they won the first set 6-4 and took a 4-2 lead in the second.
But a late collapse cost them as the Croatians rallied back to win the second set on a tie-breaker before clinching a crucial champion’s tie-breaker to progress to the last four in Tokyo.
Murray and Salisbury were understandably disconsolate, with the Scot admitting that could be his last Olympic experience.
‘I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,’ he said. ‘I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished that today could have gone differently.
‘Had another chance with Joe to win a medal, we were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more. Very disappointed.’
Murray looks dejected as he leaves the court after his Olympics came to end
Croatia’s pair Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic progress to the semi-final after battling back to win