While the dreams of a golden slam was over for World number 1 Novak Djokovic, he was in contention of a medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The colour of the medal wasn't gold or silver as he had already been knocked out of the competition, however, the player also failed to secure a bronze. Leave aside the result, he has not even set a good example during the game which went down to the wire into the deciding set against Carreno Busta of Spain.
Clearly disappointed and frustrated after failing to break his opponent in the first game of the match-deciding set, Djokovic at this stage was 0-3 down, and staring at yet another defeat in the men's singles event in Tokyo. Djokovic was seen slamming his racket once on the net and also threw it in the stands during the game. The video of the incident has gone viral on internet with all kinds of responses pouring in for this kind of on-court behaviour from the legendary Serb.
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Eventually, the 34-year-old lost 4-6, 7-6 (6), 3-6 to his Spanish opponent who put on quite a show to get the better of Djokovic. His renewed style of play saw him smack as many as 32 winners from the ground against one of the best defensive players in the world. Moreover, he also showed great amount of mental resolve to recover from a failure to convert a match point in the second set itself to play a perfect deciding set.
Although nervous energy got to him while he was on match points, he finally did it on his sixth match point to win the men's singles bronze medal for his country. This is a heartbreaking defeat for Djokovic and his fans who were hoping for a gold medal from him. Novak had already won the first three slams of the year and had an opportunity to equal Steffie Graf's record of 1988 where she had won all the Grand Slams as well as the gold medal at the Olympics.
"I feel so terrible right now, can't be positive right now. I don't know I feel terrible... in every sense, but tomorrow hopefully, a fresh start. I can recover and at least win one medal for my country," Djokovic had said after he was knocked out of the gold medal race.