Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a first Olympic singles gold medal on Thursday as he defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics.

The top seed is aiming to become the first man to win all four majors and a gold medal in a season, having already captured the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon titles this year. WTA legend Stefanie Graf completed this achievement in 1988.

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Djokovic, who drew level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams after his SW19 triumph, played consistently from the baseline and hit with great depth to overcome Nishikori in 72 minutes.

The World No. 1 won 85 per cent (17/20) of his first-service points and was not broken in the match. Djokovic will continue his quest for Olympic glory against either fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev or Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Pablo Carreno Busta also moved into the last four after the Spaniard upset second seed Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6(5) in one hour and 43 minutes.

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The sixth seed, who won his first ATP 500 trophy and sixth tour-level title earlier this month at the Hamburg European Open, was a break down in the second set. However, the 30-year-old rallied against the ROC’s Medvedev, hitting 11 winners to advance.

Carreno Busta will next face Karen Khachanov after the 12th seed battled past Frenchman Ugo Humbert 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 34 minutes. The 25-year-old hit 10 aces to improve to 3-0 in third sets in Tokyo this week.

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