Germany's Mischa Zverev has no doubt that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will bounce back from his Tokyo Olympics semifinal defeat, Djokovic, who recently won Wimbledon, arrived to Tokyo determined to finally win his maiden gold medal.
Djokovic was the top favorite to win it all but on Friday world No. 5 Alexander Zverev claimed a shock win to end the Serb's hopes of winning it all in Tokyo. Zverev, a former world No. 3, recovered from a set and a break down to beat Djokovic 1-6 6-3 6-1.
"Novak is simply amazing, he is an incredible athlete, he is an incredible, great champion, because he is able to make up for two sets of minuses and reach the title at the Grand Slam tournaments," Zverev said on Eurosport, as quoted on Sport Klub.
"He is simply invincible when he plays long and difficult matches. When he sets a goal, he usually reaches it. His goal this year was to win the Golden Slam, so that Sascha's victory gained incredible weight. I have no dilemma that Novak will recover, that he will be ready for the US Open, that he is capable of winning a new trophy at a Grand Slam tournament."
Djokovic felt 'terrible" after losing to Zverev
“I feel terrible,” said Djokovic, per Tennis365. “It’s just sport. He played better. You’ve got to give him credit for turning the match around.
He served extremely well. I was not getting too many looks at the second serve. “My serve just drastically dropped. I didn’t get any free points from 3-2 up in the second. My game fell apart”. A day later, Djokovic suffered another disappointment as he got stunned by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match.
That wasn't the end of disappointments for Djokovic as he then had to withdraw from his mixed doubles bronze medal match due to a shoulder injury.