Andy Murray dismisses concerns about a quad injury in his quest for Olympic doubles gold in Tokyo in 2020.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury have qualified for the men’s doubles quarterfinals at Tokyo 2020.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury flew into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics quarter-finals, showing no indications of the quad injury that prompted him to withdraw from the men’s singles tournament. Murray had decided to focus on the men’s doubles since he couldn’t commit to the singles draw due to injury worries.
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And it appears to have worked so well for the three-time Grand Slam champion.
In the first round, paired with Salisbury, the British team stunned No 2 seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Hubert, winning in straight sets.
On Tuesday, they had a similar result in their second-round encounter against Kevin Krawietz and Tim Putz of Germany.
Despite the fact that Krawietz is a seasoned doubles player who is rated No. 15 in the world, Murray and Salisbury raced to a one-set lead early on.
The match was temporarily postponed due to rain and wind, giving the Germans time to reorganize.
Murray and Salisbury were pushed to a tie-breaker, but the British duo prevailed to keep their perfect record intact.
They will now face either the United States or Croatia in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Murray, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in men’s singles, knows what it takes to win gold.
And he is certain that a gold medal in the men’s doubles with Salisbury is within reach.
“I believe we have the potential to be a really good team, and I believe our performance today demonstrated that,” he said.
“Doubles is always challenging since games might come down to a few points.
“I believe we deserved to win tonight; we created numerous opportunities, but not every doubles match is like that.
“I believe that if we maintain the same mindset and prepare carefully, we have a good chance of succeeding. But just because we won that game doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.”
In the meantime, Novak Djokovic continues to dominate in the men’s singles, having won both of his first two encounters.
For the “Brinkwire Summary News,” he will face No. 16 seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.