NOR VS. ROC
Norway's Ander Mols and Christian Sorum -- Olympic newbies who have already won 13 golds on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour since 2018 -- took on the Russian Olympic Committee's Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Sergeyevich Semenov in the first men's quarterfinal.
This is Semenov's third appearance at the Games, having finished fourth alongside compatriot Viacheslav Krasilnikov in Rio. He won't get that far this time: the Russians fell to the Norwegians in straight sets, 21-17, 21-19.
LAT VS. BRA
Brazil's Alison Cerutti won beach volleyball silver in London and gold in Rio. But -- competing alongside new partner Alvaro Filho -- he won't take home a medal from Tokyo following a quarterfinal defeat to Latvia.
Though the Brazilians fought hard to make a comeback in the second set, they lost on a close call when Alison's elbow nudged the net. Martins Plavins' and Edgars Tocs' 21-16, 21-19 straight-sets win means that Latvia will compete in both the men's and women's beach volleyball semifinals.
GER VS. ROC
The Russian duo of Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic men’s beach volleyball tournament with a straight-set sweep of Germany’s Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler 21-16, 21-19.
Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy, the world’s No. 2 ranked beach volleyball team competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) name due to doping-related sanctions against the nation, will face Qatar, the No. 1-ranked team in the world.
QAT VS. ITA
Qatar's Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan defeated Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo, the 2016 silver medalists, 21-17 23-21.
The Qatar pair, ranked No. 1 in the world. will face Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) duo of Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy in the semifinals.