Novak Djokovic is on the way to pulverize much of the records that exist in tennis today. In fact, he reaped – at least – twice all the Grand Slams and Masters 1000, he won the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup, he maintains a positive record against the other two members of the Big 3 (27-23 vs. Roger Federer Y 30-28 vs. Rafael Nadal) and no male player has led the rankings for so long since its inception. However, in its extensive track record, which includes 85 titles, there is an empty link: the Olympic Games. Although he participated in four editions (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021), his best record comes from a bronze medal. Indeed, he could not break that pending account (the Gold medal) in the Japanese capital, where he was the top favorite to stay with the crown.
Alexander Zverev He gave him a very hard blow, which he did not expect. So much so that he fell in a match that seemed completely won since he led the score with a set and a break in his favor. However, the intensity dropped, began to fail and his rival gradually raised the level to prevail in three sets. Then, Pablo Carreño delivered a real knockout blow to him, leaving him empty-handed in the match corresponding to third place.
After several days of reflection, the Serbian decided to write some heartfelt words on his social networks to express his feelings about the tournament. “It was a true privilege to represent Serbia at the Olympics. Thanks to you (the Tokyo 2020 organizers) and everyone who helped us unite for the magic of sport. I know in my heart that I gave everything to fight for a medal and I wish to come back stronger in Paris 2024“He detailed. He also added:” It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. “
It was a true privilege to represent #SRB at the Olympics. Thank you # Tokyo2020 and everyone that helped us come together for the magic of sport. I know in my heart I gave it everything to fight for a medal, and I’m looking forward to coming back stronger at # Paris2024. #tennis pic.twitter.com/6cCpJh4uTK
– Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 4, 2021
THE DISPUTE WITH THE MIXED DOUBLES
Two days after the closing of the competition, Djokovic He held out hopes of an Olympic double as it was possible to dream of winning glory in the singles event as well as in the mixed doubles alongside compatriot Nina Stojanovic. Despite that, they did not appear to play the match for third place and a controversy arose around Nole’s attitude of leaving his partner without a historical possibility for her. However, the debate ended with a clarification from the Serbian player. “It was an honor and a privilege to have played with the best of our sport and representing our country.“he posted on his Instagram.