Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Novak Djokovic defeated by Alexander Zverev in the Olympic semi-final

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Novak Djokovic defeated by Alexander Zverev in the Olympic semi-final


Novak Djokovic’s bid for gold in singles fell in semi-finals

Novak Djokovic’s candidacy for a “Golden Slam” has ended after his loss to Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The world number one was aiming to become the first man to win all four majors and an Olympic gold in singles in the same calendar year. Steffi Graf is the only tennis player to have achieved this feat before.

After a series of productive matches in Tokyo and Djokovic flying through the first set of the semi-final, his attempt to create more tennis history seemed secure.

However, the 24-year-old Zverev showed an exceptional level of determination and character to turn his own game around and triumph 1-6 6-3 6-1.

Zverev will now face Karen Khachanov in the final. The world number one must dust himself off and meet Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match.

Alexander Zverev made an emotional figure on the pitch after taking the victory

Alexander Zverev made an emotional figure on the pitch after taking the victory

Djokovic had qualified for the last eight, losing just two games to Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, but Zverev had also played well, so this semi-final always looked like Djokovic’s biggest obstacle.

The world No. 1’s other big opponent was the humidity in Tokyo, something he didn’t handle well.

He persuaded organizers to postpone the start of the game from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to avoid the worst of the heat, but conditions were still extremely difficult despite the game starting around 5 p.m.

Djokovic, who was on a 23-game winning streak with the Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles, looked set for another easy win as he made it through the first set and beat Zverev 3-2 in the second.

From there the match changed, as the mighty German began to achieve the impossible and hit his opponent.

He won eight remarkable straight games before Djokovic finally stopped the rot to hold 1-4 in the decider. However, a lackluster final match showed the world No.1 knows the game is over.

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