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Novak Djokovic’s hopes of winning an individual medal at these Olympic Games were dashed this Saturday after falling to Spanish Pablo Carreño in the fight for bronze at Tokyo 2020.
The day before, on Friday, the Serbian had lost the opportunity to complete a “Golden Slam” after being defeated by Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
Had a chance to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in the same year, a feat called “Golden Slam” and that only the German got Steffi Graf in 1988.
Djokovic, world number one today, fell to Carreño 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo.
Zverev had beaten him in the semifinals 1-6, 6-3 and 6-1.
After that game, he acknowledged that “it’s just sport. He played better. You have to give him credit for turning the game around. His serve was extremely good. “
The 34-year-old Djokovic had already been eliminated from the mixed doubles semifinals alongside Nina Stojanovic. The fight for bronze in this modality is his last chance to get a medal in Japan.
This year, the Serbian claimed the Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Had he won the Olympic gold, he would only have needed to win the US Open to be crowned with the “Golden Slam”.
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