Novak Djokovic has had to face the first big disappointment of his extraordinary 2021, in which he has won all the Grand Slams disputed up to now. The number 1 in the world, who was chasing the dream of achieving the 'Calendar Golden Slam', left the stage in the semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics at the hands of Alexander Zverev.
The 34-year-old Serbian literally dominated the tournament until halfway through the clash with Zverev, when his physique left him right on the coolest. Nole has given up ten of the last eleven games of the match and has shown all her humanity one step away from her appointment with history.
The Belgrade veteran admitted he suffered physical problems during the Olympic expedition, but he did not regret having accepted to participate in the Games. For him it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with athletes from other disciplines, who recognized his greatness by asking him for lots of photos in the Olympic Village.
During an interview with 'RMC Info', Olympic team foil champion Julien Mertine told a funny anecdote about the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Novak Djokovic was the favorite for gold
“There was Novak Djokovic at the cafeteria, he was being harassed, he's a golden guy, he played the game and everything.
We were there at the table: 'we're not going to bother him' And then an hour or two later, we walk around the village and then I passed him. He was all alone and I took the liberty of going up to him to ask for a photo," said the gold medalist who was finally able to leave Tokyo with his souvenir photo alongside the Serb.
Nina Stojanovic paired up with Novak Djokovic for the mixed doubles event at the Summer Games. The duo was termed as one of the best going forward as they played some wonderful tennis, qualifying for the semis. However, they had to settle for a shot at Bronze after failing to beat doubles specialists, Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.
Sadly enough, Novak had to withdraw from their Bronze medal clash, due to an injury in an earlier game. As a result, his partner Nina also missed out on a chance of a medal. Reliving her feelings now, she posted an emotional note, saying, “then and now.
Only I can know the feelings I dealt with once I had found out I will not have the chance to play the most important match of my career for the Olympic medal”.