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Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
11:40 AM

Ash Barty and John Peers have been defeated in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic Games, going down to No. 4 seeds Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 4-6, 11-13 in a thrilling encounter.

There were no breaks of serve up until the last game of the set, where the Aussie pounced to break the Russians and claim the opener.

It didn’t teak long for the Russians to move ahead in the second set, as they broke for a 2-1 lead and raced away to break again for 4-1. But the Aussies fought back. Earning a break back, but unfortunately they still conceded the set 6-4.

And off we were to a deciding super tiebreaker.

The Aussies earned the first mini break early, for a 2-1 lead, but the Russians earned it back. In a seesawing breaker, the Russians had the first match point at 9-8, but it was saved. The Russians had another for 10-9, but it was saved once again, as the Aussies continued to fight for their lives. It was Barty and Peers who had one at 11-10. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The Russians saved it, winning the next three points for a 13-11 thrilling victory.

Despite the loss, Barty and Peers are still a within reach of a medal. They will face Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic in the bronze medal playoff on Saturday.

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