Novak Djokovics bid for a gold medal in the singles fell at the semi-final phase.
Novak Djokovics quote for a Golden Slam is over after defeat to Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
24-year-old Zverev revealed an exceptional level of determination and character to turn his own video game around and triumph 1-6 6-3 6-1. Alexander Zverev cut an emotional figure on court after securing victory Djokovic had breezed through to the last eight, losing simply 2 games versus Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, but Zverev had actually also been playing well so this semi-final constantly looked like Djokovics biggest hurdle.The world No 1s other big opponent was the humidity in Tokyo, something he has not coped well with.He persuaded organisers to shift the start of play back from 11am to 3pm to avoid the worst of the heat, but conditions were still extremely tough despite the match not starting until almost 5pm. Djokovic, who was on a 23-match winning streak taking in French Open and Wimbledon titles, looked set for another simple victory when he raced through the opening set and broke Zverev for 3-2 in the second.
The world No 1s bid to win the Golden Slam has actually been removed after Alexander Zverev came back from a set and a break down in Tokyo
Last Updated: 30/07/21 11:35 am.