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Novak Djokovic will not be Olympic champion: the Serbian, world number 1 and big favorite in Tokyo, was eliminated in the singles Friday in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games by Alexander Zverev (1-6, 6-3, 6-1). He was also subsequently beaten in the mixed doubles tournament at the same stage of the competition.
Novak Djokovic will not perform the “Golden Slam”. The world number 1 in the ATP ranking, big favorite for gold at the Tokyo Olympics, was eliminated Friday, July 30 in the semi-final singles by Alexander Zverev (1-6, 6-3, 6-1).
Hours later, the Serbian was also beaten in the mixed doubles tournament, at the same stage of the competition. Novak Djokovic and fellow Serbian Nina Stojanovic were dominated in straight sets by Russians Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev (7-6 (7/4), 7-5). The world number 1 can still hope to win at best two bronze medals in Tokyo.
Arrived in the semi-final without losing a single set and leaving only crumbs to his opponents, Novak Djokovic cracked under the pressure of Zverev, after a high-flying match. While he had a set in advance and had made the break in the second, the Serbian machine suddenly seized up and Zverev raised his level of play to reset the counters.
In the third set, “Djoko” collapsed and quickly found himself behind 4-0, before Zverev won after 2:05 of fighting. German, 5e World Cup, will face the Russian competing under the neutral banner Karen Khachanov in the final on Sunday (25e), who defeated Spaniard Pablo Carreno earlier.
Bronze medalist for his first Games in Beijing, Novak Djokovic has followed a series of disillusionments at the Games. After failing at the foot of the podium in London, he was taken out in the first round in Rio.
This new setback puts an end to the hope of the world number 1 to achieve this year the “Golden Slam”, or golden Grand Slam, by winning the same year the four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympics, a feat only achieved by the German Steffi Graf in 1988.
Already crowned at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Djokovic, 20 Grand Slam titles on the clock, nevertheless retains a chance, if he wins the US Open, to achieve the calendar Grand Slam, as Rod Laver had done in 1969.