Novak Djokovic has always dreamed of winning the gold medal in the Olympics. The world's number 1 had targeted Tokyo Games this year, but will have to wait until 2021 due to the pandemic that has hit the world. Djokovic’s quest for the Olympic gold medal ended abruptly after a straight-sets defeat against Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“It was one of the most heartbreaking moments in my career,” Djokovic said on In Dept with Graham Bensinger. “I built with myself a huge expectation for the Olympic Games in Rio. I was No.1 in the world and won four Slams in a row.
Also, I was at the peak of my career in terms of results, in terms of how I play, how I feel. I felt if there was ever a time for me to get the gold medal or fight for a gold medal it was now, ” he explained. “But it was just very heartbreaking because the Olympics is the most important sports manifestation in the history of sports.
Also, representing my country at such an event is a huge honor and privilege,” he added. “Four years later, I think I have more experience mentally and emotionally how to approach that. So I will make changes and corrections to my preparation prior to Tokyo,” Nole concluded.
The moment of Djokovic’s tears will be one of the most well-remembered of these Olympics. It will do his public image no harm, just as it did for Roger Federer at the 2009 Australian Open and Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2012 after they both also got a little teary on court.