Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic is but to drop a set on the Tokyo Olympics after 4 matches
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Novak Djokovic stays on target for a ‘Golden Slam’ after ruthlessly ending the goals of residence hope Kei Nishikori to cruise into the Olympic semi-finals.

The world primary, bidding to change into the primary man to win all 4 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold in the identical 12 months, breezed by means of 6-2 6-0.

He’ll face Germany’s Alexander Zverev within the semi-finals on Friday.

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova will meet in Saturday’s ladies’s last.

Bencic outlasted Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-3 in a match lasting nearly three hours within the searing Tokyo warmth, saving 5 set factors in a 73-minute opening set that she gained on a tie-break.

The Swiss later returned to the courtroom to change into the fifth participant to succeed in finals in each singles and doubles at a Video games since tennis was reintroduced to the Olympics in 1988, as she and Viktorija Golubic beat Brazilian pair Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani 7-5 6-3.

Vondrousova, ranked forty second on the planet, loved a much more serene passage as she adopted up her upset of Naomi Osaka by stunning world quantity six Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1 in little over an hour.

Marketa Vondrousova.
Marketa Vondrousova reached the French Open last at Roland Garros in 2019, dropping to Ashleigh Barty

Thursday’s matches started at 15:00 native time (07:00 BST), 4 hours later than on earlier days, after organisers agreed to push begin occasions again following complaints from players concerning the sizzling circumstances.

There have been few considerations concerning the warmth for Djokovic as he took simply an hour and 10 minutes to dispatch Japan’s 2016 bronze medallist Nishikori, who minimize an more and more forlorn determine as his hopes of successful a medal for the host nation had been obliterated.

Victory equalled one other document for the Serb, who drew stage with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon final month, as he matched the Swiss’ 13 singles match Olympic wins.

Djokovic, nonetheless, has by no means reached an Olympic last, and standing in his approach is 24-year-old Zverev, who produced a show nearly as spectacular as the highest seed to see off France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-1.

“Taking part in after 5 [pm] is totally completely different. Clearly, there’s a little little bit of a breeze,” mentioned Djokovic, 34.

“It is nonetheless very, very humid – you sweat loads however you do not have the warmth, you do not have the solar that, together with the humidity, is simply brutal.”

Nonetheless, world quantity two Daniil Medvedev, one of many gamers who had voiced considerations concerning the warmth, was once more sad after his 6-2 7-6 (7-5) quarter-final defeat by Pablo Carreno Busta.

Medvedev left the courtroom to vary his garments after the opening set, as he did throughout Wednesday’s third-round win over Fabio Fognini.

“I modified all the things I had on. I needed to vary my pores and skin as a result of I used to be sweating like I by no means did earlier than. It was horrible,” mentioned the Russian Olympic Committee participant.

“I used to be moist like hell. I could not toss the ball nicely, as soon as I tossed the ball and bought water in my eyes. It was not straightforward to play.”

Medvdev’s compatriot Karen Khachanov, who beat France’s Ugo Humbert 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3, will meet Spain’s Carreno Busta in Friday’s different semi-final on the Ariake Tennis Park.

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