Despite not meeting the goal, Novak Djokovic does not regret taking the challenge of the Golden Slam. The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player and current world number one, left Tokyo empty-handed and especially with more games in his legs that diminish his options for the US Open.
After his defeat in the game for third place against Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, “Nole” assured that “I do not regret at all coming to play the Olympic Games. I firmly believe that there are no coincidences in life, that everything happens for a reason.
I've already had some devastating defeats in the Olympics and other big tournaments, and I know that normally those defeats have made me stronger. I know that I will come back, I will try to continue and reach the Olympic Games in Paris in order to win a medal for my country.
I have given everything, this is sport: I have given everything that was left in me, which was not too much," added the ATP leader. Djokovic reiterated that" I do regret not having been able to win a medal for my country, neither in the individual nor in the mixed one.
I just didn't do my job. My tennis level dropped, also because I was physically and mentally exhausted”. The Serbian has no doubts that he will be able to reach Paris 2024 with options to fight for that medal that he has been denied in the last four editions.
In Beijing 2008 he lost to Rafael Nadal, in London 2012 he did the same with British Andy Murray, while 5 years ago in Rio 2016 he suffered a severe setback in the first round with Argentine Juan Martín del Potro.
Srdjan advised his son not to go to Tokyo
World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently lost back-to-back matches at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Chasing his Calendar Golden Slam this year, the Serbian not only failed to win the Olympic Gold but returned home without a medal. In a recent interview, Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, revealed that he advised his son not to go to Tokyo.
He even shared the message he wrote to Nole before traveling for the Olympic Games. “If my opinion means something to you, I don’t think you should go to Tokyo. It’s a long way, there are no spectators, you would have to quarantine again.
It’s just not the Olympics without spectators. Dad loves you,” mentioned Srdjan in the message. “Of course your opinion matters to me, Dad. I wanted to take three or four days to feel how my body was. I always recover quickly, so it’s not a big deal.
Patriotism is very strong in my heart and in my head, Dad. You know me, when it comes to Serbia, I cry there and I don’t turn around,” replied the 20-time Grand Slam champion.