Serbians Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic produced a dominant display on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics to defeat Germans Kevin Krawietz and Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-2 and reach the semi-finals in the mixed doubles.
In singles this week, Djokovic is pursuing the fourth leg of his historic Golden Grand Slam attempt, having captured the first three majors of the season. WTA legend Stefanie Graf completed this achievement in 1988. After defeating Japan’s Kei Nishikori earlier on Thursday, the 34-year-old teamed with Stojanovic to move through in 72 minutes.
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The Serbians broke five times to advance. They will next face Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina after the ROC pair overcame Polish duo Lukasz Kubot and Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-4.
There was also success for the ROC’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev after they battled past Japanese team Ena Shibahara and Ben McLachlan 7-5, 6-7(0), 10-8.
Pavlyuchenkova and Rublev won 72 per cent (46/64) of their first-service points to advance in two hours and one minute.
They will meet Ashleigh Barty and John Peers in the semi-finals after the Australians edged out Greek tandem Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. It is the first time Barty and Peers have teamed since a run to the quarter-finals at the 2014 US Open.