Djokovic routs Nishikori, reaches medal rounds

Tennis

TOKYO — Belinda Bencic and Swiss tennis are doing simply positive with out Roger Federer on the Olympics.

The Twelfth-ranked Bencic beat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday to achieve the gold-medal match on the Tokyo Video games.

And that wasn’t all.

After a brief relaxation, Bencic was scheduled to play once more later with Swiss accomplice Viktorija Golubic in opposition to the Brazilian pair of Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani within the semifinals of the doubles event.

If she additionally wins in doubles, Bencic would grow to be the fifth participant to achieve two finals on the identical Olympics since tennis returned on the Video games in 1988, becoming a member of Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Murray and Nicolas Massu.

Federer introduced every week earlier than the Tokyo Video games started that he would not play on the Olympics as a result of he “skilled a setback” together with his knee through the grass-court season. That left Bencic as Switzerland’s most achieved participant in Tokyo and her efficiency represents a private breakthrough for somebody whose finest Grand Slam end result was reaching the semifinals on the 2019 U.S. Open.

Bencic saved six set factors on her serve earlier than ultimately taking management of the opening set.

When a return from Rybakina landed within the internet on the primary match level after almost three hours, Bencic dropped to her knees and lined her face together with her arms as she started crying.

Play began 4 hours later than on earlier days after organizers lastly acted upon a request from gamers to keep away from the most well liked a part of the day.

Nonetheless, it was steamy contained in the Ariake Tennis Park with the temperature at 88 levels F (31 levels C) and with sufficient humidity to make it really feel like 99 levels F (37 levels C) when play started.

However afternoon shadows shortly crept throughout the courtroom and there was a constant breeze to make it extra bearable than taking part in within the brilliant morning solar as on earlier days.

Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic have been to play within the different semifinal later.

Subsequent up on Heart Courtroom, Novak Djokovic was dealing with Kei Nishikori of Japan within the quarterfinals because the top-ranked Serb makes an attempt to increase his bid for a Golden Slam.

Steffi Graf in 1988 is the one tennis participant to realize the Golden Slam, profitable all 4 Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the identical calendar 12 months.

Djokovic, who has already gained the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this 12 months, wants the Tokyo Video games title and the U.S. Open trophy to finish the Golden Slam.

For the second straight day, Djokovic had two matches scheduled. He is additionally taking part in once more later with Serbian accomplice Nina Stojanovic in opposition to the German pair of Laura Siegemund and Kevin Krawietz within the blended doubles quarterfinals.

The primary man to achieve the semifinals of the boys’s singles draw was Twelfth-seeded Karen Khachanov of ROC, who beat Ugo Humbert of France 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3. Khachanov will subsequent face both Alexander Zverev of Germany or Jeremy Chardy of France.

In doubles, the Croatian group of Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig reached the boys’s remaining and the top-seeded Czech pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova reached the ladies’s remaining.

Krejcikova gained each the singles and doubles (with Siniakova) titles at this 12 months’s French Open.

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