With just a few days to go as far as tennis at the Tokyo Olympics are concerned the the big question now is whether anyone can stop Novak Djokovic collecting two Gold medals as he continues his quest of scoring a Grand Slam.
In partnership with Nina Stojanovic, he has reached the semi-finals of the Mixed competition following a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 victory over Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Laure Siegemund.
At no stage were the Serbs –who are playing together for the first time – under any pressure and they face the ROC’s Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina for a place in the Gold Medal match.
There was hope that the Greek pairing of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, as the second seeds would come through to contest the final with the Serbians, but they fell to another experienced pair, John Peers and the women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty, 6-4 4-6 10-6.
The Greeks were left ruing costly errors as the Aussies recovered their poise to run off with the third set ‘first-to-ten’ tiebreak.
For Barty, who arrived in Tokyo with great expectations only to suffer a very early disappointment in the singles and more recently in the women’s doubles, success in the Mixed would help to salve the hurt.
And as regards her partner, a long-time friend who is playing his third Olympics, a medal would be very welcome, a point Barty herself pointed out earlier: “For Johnny and I this is a really, really special moment to make Mama Peers proud.”
There next challenge for a place in the final are the fourth seeded pairing of Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the fourth and only seeds remaining in the competition and the second ROC pairing left in the competition..
The Russian Olympic Committee representatives battled past Japan’s Ben McLachlan and Ena Shibahara 7-5 6-6(0) 10-8 to make the last four.