Andy Murray’s bid for a fourth Olympic medal ended with a painful defeat in the men’s doubles alongside Joe Salisbury in the quarter-finals in Tokyo.
The pair lost to Croatian duo Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig having led by a set and a break, and the disappointment for Murray and Salisbury was obvious.
At a glance – 5 key points
- Murray and Salisbury had raised expectations with two fine performances to make the last eight.
- They had a point to make it 5-2 but Cilic and Dodig stepped up their level, broke the Murray serve and prevailed in a deciding tie-break to win 4-6 7-6 (2) 10-7.
- Murray is the only tennis player ever to win successive gold medals, and he also has a silver in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson from London.
- Cilic and Dodig will face New Zealand's Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell in the semi-final.
- British interest in the tennis ended with defeat for Liam Broady by Jeremy Chardy in the third round of the men’s singles. Chardy ran out a 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-1 winner.
What has been said
Murray said: “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again. I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wish that today could have gone differently.
“I 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.”
“It’s always tough when you lose matches but especially here, a chance of getting to the semi-finals and a chance of winning a medal,” said Salisbury. “And the situation we were in, we were a set and a break up and we were playing well, so it’s very tough.”
When will Andy Murray compete next?
Murray will now head home for more rest and recovery but is hopeful of being fit for the US Open, starting on August 30.
He said: “I’ll see how the injury heals. That’s what will dictate it. I’m not going to rush something if it’s not there.
“My team think I should be OK to play the US Open judging by how I felt in matches here. It’s not as physical as singles but there’s a lot of explosive movements and my leg felt fine.”