Novak Djokovic still has the chance to return from Tokyo with a bronze medal despite the bitter disappointment of losing to Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic’s bid to become the first man to complete the Golden Slam lay in tatters on Friday after he was toppled by Germany’s Zverev in the singles semi-finals at the Tokyo Games.
Zverev fought back from a set and a break down to pull off a staggering 1-6 6-3 6-1 win over the Serbian world number one to set up a final showdown with Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
Fifth-ranked Zverev is the first German man to make an Olympic final since Tommy Haas won silver at the Sydney Games in 2000.
Djokovic had arrived in Tokyo gunning for the Golden Slam — winning all four majors and Olympic gold in the same year — after triumphing at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021. The U.S. Open begins next month.
Victory in Tokyo would also have secured the 34-year-old Djokovic the only major honour still missing from his collection — an Olympic gold medal.
But the 2008 Beijing Games bronze medallist lost that chance after Zverev secured the win with a crushing backhand down the line winner.
A later defeat in the mixed doubles semi-final with partner Nina Stojanovic rubbed salt in the wound, as the Serbian pair fell 7-6(4) 7-5 to the ROC’s Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.
“Tough day man, really tough day,” a visibly upset Djokovic told reporters.
“I feel so terrible right now, can’t be positive right now.”
Djokovic could still go home with two bronze medals on Saturday, with the Serbian set to meet Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the men’s singles and Australian pair Ash Barty and John Peers in the mixed doubles partnering Stojanovic.
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