Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig defeated Great Britan’s Andy Murray / Joe Salisbury 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-7 after two hours and 15 minutes of play at the Ariaki Center on Wednesday.
Čilić and Dodig 6:4 lost in the first, and after winning the first, the British duo broke in the second as well. Murray and Salisbury looked better on the court and led 4:2, but in the eighth game, the Croatian side broke and returned to the game.
In the tie-break of the second set, Čilić and Dodig played excellently and won the third set with three mini-breaks. Čilić and Dodig used the second match point to win the match and advance to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Čilić and Dodig will play against New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell. They knocked out the favored Colombian side, Cabal and Farah.
Two Croatian doubles teams are still playing today – Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić, and Ivan Dodig and Darija Jurak in mixed doubles.
If Mektić and Pavić win their match, Croatia will certainly have at least a bronze medal in tennis, because, in case of defeat, both Croatian teams would meet in the semifinal in the bronze medal fight. Mektić and Pavić play against Japan’s McLachlan and Nishikori.
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