Vekić Out, Čilić and Dodig in Tennis Doubles Quarterfinals at Olympic Games

Daniela Rogulj

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Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, beating Americans Rajeev Ram and Frances Tiafoe 6:3, 7:5 in an hour and 31 minutes of play.

Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig repeated their best Olympic result achieved in London in 2012 when they were defeated in the quarterfinals by Spain’s David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez.

“Marin is top-notch in these two matches, and it’s much easier for me and I really enjoy it. Now it’s just a question of how much we will play, stronger opponents are coming,” Dodig said. 

“I feel good in doubles, the training with Ivan helped me a lot in those few days before the start. Now I have done it individually and acclimatized. Ivan’s brother and my schoolmate helped us a lot with advice. Another great match today, Ram is a top player in doubles, Ivan knows him and he knew how to recognize several situations in the match that brought us key points.”

For the semifinals, they will fight against Great Britan’s Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury, who immediately knocked out second-placed French team Herbert and Mahut in the first round. In the second round, they were better than Germany’s Krawietz / Puetz 6:2, 7:6 (2).

Mektić and Pavić’s opponents in the quarterfinals are Japan’s McLachlan and Nishikori. Mektić and Pavić are the first-seeded players, they are in the top part of the draw and they cannot meet Čilić and Dodig until the final.

After knocking out France’s Garcia and third-ranked Belarusian Arina Sabalenka in three sets, Donna Vekić from Osijek was left without a place in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo, where she was defeated by Kazakhstan’s Jelena Ribakina 7-6 in the 3rd round (3), 6-4 after 101 minutes of play. 

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