Fresh from winning the Australian Open, the Roland Garros and Wimbledon wins, Belgrade champion Novak Djokovic went to the Tokyo Olympics with the clear intention of winning his first gold medal, after the bronze medal he won at the Beijing Games in 2008.
Following the easy successes obtained on Hugo Dellien, Jan-Lennard Struff, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Kei Nishikori, however, Nole's path got stuck on Alexander Zverev, who got the better of him in comeback with the score of 1-6 6-3 6-1.
Subsequently, Djokovic also unexpectedly lost the match for the bronze medal, beaten by Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 in the third set. Novak, who failed his Golden Slam run in this way, will at least try to achieve the Grand Slam with victory at Flushing Meadows next month.
To date, Djokovic is the only player already officially qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin, on stage from 14 to 21 November next in the Piedmontese capital. The Serbian is missing only one triumph to match his opponent Roger Federer in this competition, with the Swiss champion having won it six times.
Recently, Djokovic's choice not to take the field with Nina Stojanovic in the match for the third or fourth place in the mixed doubles draw at the Olympics, which could have given a medal to the young Serbian tennis player, has been discussed recently.
Taking Nole's defense, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, 2013 Wimbledon champion, said, as also published by We Love Tennis: "Novak was simply exhausted. He had given everything he had… he would have done anything to bring home a medal because he cares a lot, but he couldn't do it.
He is a kind person who respects this sport so much that his renunciation cannot be interpreted in any other way, it was physically impossible for him to take the court." After skipping the Rogers Cup, Nole shoul not play at the Western & Southern in Cincinnati, to come back in New York for the US Open.