Croatians Cilic/Dodig also advance
New Zealand pair Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus sprung a surprise on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics as they upset third-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 to reach the semi-finals.
Daniell and Venus won 82 per cent (36/44) of their first-service points in the match to advance in one hour and 36 minutes. Cabal and Farah have claimed two tour-level titles this season at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The New Zealanders will next face Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig after the Croatians battled back to overcome British team Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7. Cilic and Dodig rallied from a set and a break down, hitting seven winners, to book their spot in the last four.
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Murray was aiming to win a fourth Olympic medal this week, having claimed gold in the 2012 and 2016 singles event along with a silver in the 2012 mixed doubles (w/Robson).
In the mixed doubles, Australians Ashleigh Barty and John Peers produced a dominant display to defeat Argentine duo Nadia Podoroska and Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 7-6(3) and reach the quarter-finals. The ROC’s Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev also moved through with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against French pair Kristina Mladenovic and Nicolas Mahut.