Novak Djokovic failed to win any medals at the Tokyo Olympics. The Serbian champion lost the final for third and fourth place against Pablo Carreno Busta and decided to retire from the mixed doubles “final” due to a problem in his left shoulder.
The Belgrade, who yesterday had to say goodbye to the Golden Slam dream, appeared to be quite worn out from a physical point of view and in the third set could not keep up with the pace imposed on the exchanges by a formidable Carreno Busta.
In a press conference, Djokovic talked about his journey in Tokyo and the physical problems that could affect the season finale.
Djokovic's campaign at the Tokyo Olympics came to an end
Speaking to the media after his loss to Carreno Busta, a disappointed Novak Djokovic said he regretted not bringing home a medal for his country.
The 20-time Major winner also revealed that mental and physical exhaustion contributed to his underwhelming display. "[I] do have a regret for not winning a medal for my country, both in singles and mixed," Djokovic said.
"I just didn’t deliever. Level of tennis dropped, also due to exhaustion mentally and physically." The World No. 1, however, maintained that he didn't regret his decision to participate in Tokyo. Djokovic said he intends to take away important lessons from his defeats in the Japanese city.
"I don’t regret coming to Olympics at all. I believe that there are no coincidences in life, everything happens for a reason," Djokovic added. "I had some heartbreaking losses at Olympics and big tournaments, and I know that those losses have usually made me stronger."
Djokovic also indicated that he would continue his quest for a maiden Olympic gold medal at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. "I know that I will bounce back, I will try to keep going in Paris, to try to win a medal for my country."
Djokovic said. "I am sorry I disappointed a lot of fans in Serbia, but that’s sport, I gave it all, whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much." It is not the end of Djoker’s 2021 season. However, there are high chances that the World No.1 player will miss the Rogers Cup 2021.
He has been playing continuously for more than two months now and thus, his body demands some rest before the upcoming hard-court season. Even after a disappointing result at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Djokovic is still on the verge of registering his name in the history books. He has already won three Grand Slam titles this year and will be eyeing the US Open 2021 title now.