Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Tennis
Singles (Men) – Last 16
Novak Djokovic (SER) vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
World #1 Novak Djokovic hasn’t slowed down since winning Wimbledon earlier this month. He hasn’t dropped a set in his 2 games so far at the Olympics, and he looks to be far and above everyone else. The player is in a league of his own at the moment and Olympic gold looks increasingly likely to head to the Serbian as he looks unbeatable at times. Fokina could offer a threat though, as the young Spanish player has been playing well and anything can happen at the Olympic games.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Liam Broady (GBR)
Britain’s Liam Broady is making his country proud so far in the men’s singles after winning his first 2 games, unexpectedly. He now heads into a tough game against France’s Jeremy Chardy, who has beaten him twice in the past. The Frenchman will be the favourite and rightly so, but Broady should have confidence heading into this one. With how both are playing at the moment, this one is tough to predict and could go either way.
Singles (Women) – Quarter-finals
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs Elina Svitolina (UKR)
The Italian Camila Giorgi is currently ranked 61st in the world, but she deserves a lot of credit for what she has achieved so far, even before this quarter-final takes place. She’s beaten Jennifer Brady, who is ranked 15th, and also came through Karolina Pliskova, ranked 7th in the world. Giorgi has been phenomenal, not dropping a set so far, but it’s another tough encounter as she takes on 6th in the world to reach the semi-finals. Elina Svitolina should be favoured to progress, but she has struggled in her opening 3 games, winning each of them by 2 sets to 1. There’s an opening for Giorgi, and the confidence should be flowing for the Italian to perform.
Doubles (Men) – Quarter-finals
Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Andy Murray/Joe Salisbury (GBR)
It’s been playing sailing for the British pair of Murray and Salisbury so far, with both coming through their opening 2 games with relative ease, not dropping a set. It’s interesting to note that Andy Murray pulled out of the running in the men’s singles due to a quad injury, but he’s soldiered on with his partner Joe Salisbury to play some really good tennis in the doubles. The pair look as though they could be serious contenders as they’ve already knocked out the 2nd best seed at the tournament in Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
It’s another step up though, as Cilic and Dodig have looked classy, and they’re hard to beat at the best of times. Murray and Salisbury have been made slight favourites for the match, but it’ll be a close one. The Croatian pair have also come through their 2 games without dropping a set, and they look as though they’ll be the strongest matchup for Murray and Salisbury. It could go either way in this tasty quarter-final, and it’ll be interesting if Andy Murray’s injury plays a part in the outcome of the game.