Former NBA player Vlade Divac, who is the President of Serbia’s Olympic Committee has revealed that world number two Novak Djokovic sawed his tennis racket after losing the Bronze Medal match at the London Olympics at the start of this month.
Divac said in a recent interview, "I never saw anyone have such energy to fight for a medal for Serbia. It is contagious. After the match I came to him. You know what he was doing? He was so miserable, he was cutting up his racquets with a saw."
Djokovic failed in achieving his target of winning an Olympics Gold Medal when he lost to the home favorite Andy Murray in the semi-finals. There could have been some compensation had he won a Bronze Medal but he was toppled by the 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in that match.
The Serbian is treated as the biggest sports star of his country and he was the flag bearer of Serbia at the opening ceremony, the honor given to the athlete who has most chances of winning a Gold Medal or who has won most laurels for the country.
However, Djokovic returned empty handed from the biggest sports event of the world. He had won the Bronze Medal at the Beijing Olympics four years back but this time his performance deteriorated. The Serbian had said at the start of the year that winning French Open and Gold Medal at the London Olympics were his main targets in this season.
Divac added, "He said his main objectives were Roland Garros and the Olympic Games. He told me, "'Minister, I'm sorry.' And I said, 'there's nothing to be sorry about, you are a champion and always will be.'”
Djokovic came back to winning ways when he defeated Richard Gasquet in the final of the Toronto Masters one week after Olympics but he lost to the world number one in the final in Cincinnati.
The Serbian made a brilliant start to his title defense at the US Open, winning his opening round match in straight sets.