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Mattek-Sands, Sock Deny Williams 5th Gold Medal

Americans win the gold and silver in mixed doubles

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Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock have won the Olympic tennis title in mixed doubles, denying Venus Williams a record fifth gold medal. 

Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7 tiebreak in an all-U.S. final Sunday. 

It's the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men's doubles with Steve Johnson. 

With the silver, Williams still tied the mark for most career tennis medals. 

Mattek-Sands and Sock trailed 6-3 in the deciding super tiebreak then won six straight points. Mattek-Sands thought they had won on their first match point, throwing her racket in celebration, but Sock's return landed just long. They closed it out on the next point. 

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic clinched bronze earlier Sunday.

The Rio 2016 tennis competition was wrapping up on Sunday with five medal matches across three divisions: Men’s singles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles.

In the men’s singles gold medal match – the last match of the day – reigning singles gold medalist Andy Murray will try to break Juan Martin del Potro’s incredible winning streak. 

On his way to the final, Argentina’s del Potro has defeated the likes of Serbia’s World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the opening round and Spain’s World No. 5 Rafael Nadal in an epic semifinal. He’ll now take on Great Britain’s Murray, a member of tennis’ “Big Four” and the winner of last month’s Wimbledon Championships.

Kei Nishikori gave Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 86 years, overcoming a mid-match lull to beat 2008 champion Rafael Nadal for the bronze in men's singles at the Rio Games. 

Nishikori won the third-place match 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-3 on Sunday after blowing a 5-2 lead in the second set. 

In 1920, Japan won its only previous Olympic tennis medals, a pair of silvers.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek earlier won the bronze medal in Olympic tennis mixed doubles. The Czechs beat fourth-seeded Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of India 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday. 

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In women's doubles, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the gold medal.

The seventh-seeded Russians beat fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 in the final Sunday. Bacsinszky and Hingis take silver, and Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic had already clinched bronze. 

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