Djokovic loses in the semi-finals and bids farewell to his dream of a “golden slam”

Djokovic se irrita ao errar lance contra Alexander Zverev em semifinal em Tóquio
Djokovic is upset when he misses an attempt against Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Olympic semi-finals
Photo: Patrick Simansky – July 30, 2021 / AFP

Novak Djokovic, the current leader of the world rankings of tennis players and winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, on Friday (30) lost in the semi-finals of the men’s tournament at the 2020 Olympics to German Alexander Zverev, partially 6-1, 3-6, 1-6.

The result ends the dream of the Serbs to achieve the so-called “Golden Championships”, that is, when the tennis player wins the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open and the Olympics in the same year.

In 2021, Djokovic won competitions in Australia, France and the United Kingdom and was hoping to get close to the historic achievement of the title in Tokyo – the US Open is scheduled to start on August 30.

Tennis player Steffi Graf is the only athlete, both men and women, to have achieved this feat to date. In 1988, in addition to winning all four Grand Slam tournaments, she He also won the gold medal at the Seoul Games By defeating Argentine Gabriela Sabatini.

Djokovic, who has already won four Olympic medals, has not won a gold medal at the Games.

And in the dispute for the bronze, the Serbian will play against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, on Saturday (31), at 3:00 (GMT).

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