Andy Murray has doubted whether he will ever compete at the Olympic Games again after his quest for a third gold medal came to an end in Tokyo on Wednesday, but it wasn’t all bad news for Team GB on day five.
It all looked to be going to plan for Murray and doubles partner Joe Salisbury, with the British duo taking the first set 6-4 in their quarter-final clash against Croatian pair Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig.
However, the Croats won the second set 7-6 to force a Championship Tie-break, which they managed to win 10-7 to set up a last-four clash against New Zealand pair Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.
Speaking after the defeat, Murray said: “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again. I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished today could have gone differently.”
The three-time Grand Slam champion also spoke about his plans for the US Open, which runs from August 30-September 12, and the news appears positive.
Murray added: “My team think I should be OK to play the US Open, judging by how I felt in matches here. It’s not as physical as singles but there’s a lot of explosive movements and my leg felt fine.”
While there was disappointment for Murray and Salisbury, it was delight for Team GB in the pool as the quartet of Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
Great Britain were just 0.03secs outside the world record time as they finished an emphatic 3.23secs clear of the Russian Olympic Committee, while Australia managed to claim bronze.
There was also heartache for GB in the rugby sevens after they finished fourth, losing to New Zealand in the semi-final before being edged out by Argentina in the bronze medal match.
Britain’s Jack Laugher also failed to defend his men’s synchronised 3m springboard title as he and partner Dan Goodfellow finished seventh, a disappointing performance for a duo that were expected to contend for gold.