Great Britain‘s Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury continue their run at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as the pair brushes aside the German duo of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz to move into the last-8 of the Olympics. Murray and Salisbury won the match 6-2, 7-6(2) in 1 hour and 35 minutes to clinch the tie and get closer to the Olympic medals.
It was a clinical display by the British team who were dominant in their service both on their first and second serve. They gave only 2 break-points to the Germans who failed to capitalise on them while conceding 7 break-points themselves of which Murray and Salisbury won 2. The Germans made 11 unforced errors to Britain’s 4 and could not manage any forehand winner while Murray and Salisbury combined for 5.
The win will now take the British pair into the quarter-finals of the competition where they will meet the winners of the match between the American pair of Rajiv Ram and Frances Tiafoe who will take on Croatia‘s Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig, with their match scheduled later in the day.
Andy Murray pulled out from Men’s Singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Murray was expected to play in the Men’s Singles as well but decided to pull out at the last moment in order to focus solely on Doubles as advised by his medical team. Murray’s fitness has been an issue for him a while now and he did not wish to risk the remainder of the season and took the call to withdraw from the Singles and focus on Doubles.
Salisbury could help Murray script history and join an elite club with players who have won an Olympic medal in all 3 categories, Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. So far in the history of the Olympics, only 5 players have been able to accomplish this feat with Venus Wiliams being the latest entrant into the club.
Having already withdrawn from the Singles event and knocking the 2nd seeded team of Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Murray and Salisbury are slowly turning to be the hot favourites for the Olympic medal this year.