Capital surprise in Tokyo and Novak Djokovic who once again was left without the possibility of fighting for the Olympic gold. Thus, with his fall in the semifinals against Alexander Zverev, the No. 1 in the world failed to break the record for Olympic Games victories in singles, although he will be able to do so if he defeats Pablo Carreño Busta in the fight for the bronze medal.
Another appearance of Djokovic an Olympic semifinal and new frustration. In London 2012, on the Wimbledon lawn, his executioner was Juan Martín del Potro. The Serbian came from taking the third place in the previous appointment, that is, the bronze, in Beijing 2008. And after that hard fall, he suffered a very hard elimination in the debut in Rio de Janeiro 2016, again at the hands of the Argentine.
That day, in Brazil, Djokovic cried like a child, being the No. 1 in the world, the same condition as this time in Tokyo 2020, although it is disputed in 2021 due to the postponement due to the Covid pandemic. And this time he was sweeping, without giving up a set, and started winning 6-1, but Zverev turned it around, being aggressive and serving very well. The Serbian apparently took the pain of defeat better.
Djokovic had equaled Federer’s top mark of 13 individual wins at the Olympics, but could not beat it. Of course he has another rematch shortly, when he meets the Spanish Carreño in the match for the bronze.
Likewise, added to the subsequent fall in semi mixed double, the Serbian already looks at this different tournament. Surely it does not matter to him to reach 14 Olympic victories, since he was looking to win the “Golden Slam”, that is, the four Grand Slam tournaments plus the Olympic gold in the same year, which no man could achieve. The only one to achieve this feat was the German Steffi Graf, in 1988.
For this reason, this farewell was unexpected, although it was Zverev, No. 5 in the ATP ranking, the strongest rival he faced. Nole on Japanese soil. And he could not overcome the key obstacle to fight later for the dreamed of gold.