Tokyo Olympics: Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury step up to double gold medal

Andy Murray looks stronger than ever as he and Joe Salisbury battle it out for a double gold medal as they dominate German duo Kevin Krawietz and Tim Putz to reach the quarter-finals in Tokyo

  • Andy Murray had to choose between singles and doubles due to a quad problem
  • He chose doubles and looked formidable alongside partner Joe Salisbury
  • The Team GB pair won 6-2, 7-6 to secure their place in the quarter-finals in Tokyo

Andy Murray shook off any injury concerns by advancing to the third round of the men’s doubles with Joe Salisbury.

Much was said about Murray choosing to withdraw from the men’s tennis tournament against Felix Auger-Aliassime, with Team GB’s medical staff urging him to choose singles or doubles.

It looks like he made a smart choice to team up with Salisbury as they sidelined German pair Kevin Krawietz and Tim Putz 6-2, 7-6.

Andy Murray led the charge as the Scot and Joe Salisbury reached the doubles quarter-finals

The Team GB pair put in another dominant display in Tokyo to win in straight sets

The Team GB pair put in another dominant display in Tokyo to win in straight sets

The Team GB pair raced into an early break but saw early momentum interrupted by rain and wind, temporarily postponing all outdoor tennis matches.

It was a miserable day in Tokyo, especially early in the morning, but Murray and Salisbury picked up right where they left off when play resumed.

Krawietz and Putz seemingly had no answers and soon trailed 6-2 in the opening set.

The second set was much more competitive, Murray and Salisbury pushed through to a tiebreak.

Murray is truly convinced that this combination can go far, something the two-time gold medalist in singles would know a lot about.

After their opening win, Murray said: “I think we have the potential to be a really good team, I think today’s result showed that.

‘Doubling is always difficult, because sometimes the matches end in a few points.

“I think we were deserved winners today, we created a lot of chances, but not every doubles match is like that.

“I think if we keep the same attitude and stuff, and prepare diligently, I think we have a chance to do well. But it’s not easy just because we won that game.

“We have a tough game after this against a German duo (Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz) and we are looking forward to that.”

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