Angry Novak Djokovic slams racket during bronze match defeat then withdraws from mixed doubles as Olympics ends without medal for world number one

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Angry Novak Djokovic slams racket during bronze match defeat then withdraws from mixed doubles as Olympics ends without medal for world number one

A frustrated Novak Djokovic will leave Tokyo without a medal after losing the men’s singles bronze medal to Pablo Carreno Busta.

After defeat to Alexander Zverev ended hopes of a Golden Slam yesterday, the world number one will not even make the podium after a 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 loss to Carreno Busta.


Djokovic lost his cool in Japan

And Djokovic has also pulled out of his mixed doubles bronze medal match alongside Nina Stojanovic tomorrow due to injury.

Dejection on Friday turned into anger on Saturday for Djokovic, who hurled one racket into the stands and another into the net during the decisive third set.

On his loss of control, the Serbian said: “It was an emotional outburst and it happens. It’s tense on the court. In the heat of the battle. It’s not the first time and not the last time probably.

“It’s not nice of course but it’s part of, I guess, who I am. I don’t like doing these things. I’m sorry for sending this kind of message but we’re all human beings and sometimes it’s difficult to control your emotions.”

Djokovic has just one bronze medal from Beijing 2008 to show for his Olympic career – but the 34-year-old only has one regret.

He said: “I do have a regret for not winning a medal for my country. Opportunities missed both in doubles and singles. I didn’t deliver yesterday and today, the level of tennis dropped, also due to exhaustion, mentally and physically.

“But, I don’t regret coming to the Olympics at all. Of course not. I believe there is no coincidence in life, everything happens for a reason, and I had some heartbreaking losses at Olympic Games and some big tournaments in my career, and I know that those losses have usually made me stronger, in every aspect.

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“I know that I will bounce back. I will try to keep going for Paris Olympic Games, I will fight for my country to win medals and I’m sorry that I disappointed a lot of sports fans in my country but that’s sport.

“I gave it all, whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much. I felt it out on the court. The consequences physically hopefully will not create a problem for me for US Open. That’s something that I’m not sure about right now.

“But I’m not regretting giving it all because, when you play for your country, that’s necessary.”

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