Andy Murray heartbreak as Brit crashes out in Olympic men’s doubles
Andy Murray and partner Joe Salisbury have been knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics doubles tournament in the quarter-final.
The pair took the first set but suffered a stunning comeback by Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Murray and Salisbury stormed into a 6-4 lead following the opening set.
However, Dodig and Cilic came back and won the second set via a tiebreaker.
The Great British duo then lost the deciding set 10-7 as they disappointingly exit the Games.
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It has been a frustrating couple of years for Murray, who has had to battle injury issues and a subsequent loss of momentum in his career.
Murray was unable to defend his Olympic singles title after he withdraw from that side of the draw.
The 34-year-old instead decided to concentrate on his doubles partnership with Salisbury.
“I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe,” Murray said in a statement.
Murray won gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 but will not be able to attempt a third success in a row.
His journey since has been a struggle. The Scot has had two surgeries on his hip which have hampered his progress.
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