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Kiwi tennis pair pull off stunning Olympic upset to advance to medal games

New Zealand doubles pair Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell have pulled off a stunning upset to advance to the semi-finals of the Olympics.

Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell celebrate after winning their Tokyo Olympics quarter-final. Source: Getty

The Kiwis, up against third-seeded favourites Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, of Colombia, started hot, taking the first set 6-3.

But the Colombians came back in the second, taking it to a third set tiebreaker. However, it was the Kiwis who maintained their composure, racing to a 7-2 lead in the first-to-ten tiebreaker, and wrapping it up 10-7 off the back of Venus' serve.

The Colombians were distraught, the Kiwis elated, fist-pumping to their team in the stands upon winning the decisive point.

Venus and Daniell will now play for a bronze medal at the very least, or gold if they can upset Croatian pair of Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig, who defeated British pair Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury.

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