The number 1 in the world beaten by Pablo Carreno for the bronze: 6-4 6-7 6-3. Now with Stojanovic he tries to give Serbia a medal
Novak Djokovic and the Olympics, a love never returned. The number 1 in the world, ruler of this season in which it is still underway for the Grand Slam, was also beaten in the final for the bronze by the Spaniard Pablo Carreno (6-4 6-7 6-3) who thus leads the first Olympic medal to Spain since Rafa Nadal won gold in Beijing 2008. An opportunity that seemed golden for Djokovic, still without the most precious metal for his Serbia. Never as this year had the scoreboard been emptied of dangerous rivals but the number 1 in the world was unable to take advantage of the advantage.
Nervous, at times hysterical Nole, who yesterday had said goodbye to the dream of the Golden Slam being defeated by Sascha Zverev in a comeback in the third set 1-6 6-3 6-1. A feeling “terrible, a very hard day” had defined the 20 Slam champion, who had then added that he had “completely lost his game”. And even today, Djokovic lost in the third set, but the first was a Spanish brand. From the start of the Games Nole had struggled to adapt to the Japanese climate, with some controversy against the organizers guilty of letting him play in the hottest hours of the day. In the end, with his diplomatic skills, he had managed to move the games to the afternoon, but not even the less torrid weather helped him. Yesterday he also lost in the semi-finals in the mixed doubles paired with Nina Stojanovic and in about an hour he will return to the field for the bronze, the last chance not to return home empty-handed.
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