Novak Djokovic will go away Tokyo with out a singles medal after shedding his cool and the match to Pablo Carreno Busta within the battle for bronze.
The world primary was again on court docket lower than 24 hours after his shock defeat by Alexander Zverev, which ended his hopes of changing into the primary man to finish the Golden Slam of all 4 main titles and Olympic singles gold in the identical 12 months.
Djokovic’s dejection was clear afterwards, particularly when he then misplaced his blended doubles semi-final with Nina Stojanovic, and rousing himself to complete on the rostrum proved past him. The defeat means the Serbian’s Olympics involves an finish with out a medal as a result of he has withdrawn from blended doubles bronze match at present, citing a shoulder harm.
Novak Djokovic reacts after shedding the primary set to Pablo Carreno Busta in bronze medal match
Djokovic fought again to win the second set and take the match right into a decisive third set
A clearly pissed off Djokovic misplaced his cool as he broke his racket and hurled it into the stands
He saved a match level within the second set to drive a decider however let his feelings out early within the third when he failed to interrupt, hurling one racket into the empty stands after which smashing one other in opposition to the online submit, as he fell to a 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 defeat.
This was the third time Djokovic has performed a bronze medal match on the Olympics. He defeated James Blake in Beijing in 2008 however misplaced to Juan Martin Del Potro in London.
He had made profitable a medal for Serbia one in all his main objectives for the season however his serve, which had gone badly off the boil in opposition to Zverev, was lacking in motion once more within the first set and Carreno Busta broke for 3-2 whereas saving all 5 break factors he confronted.
He held his personal within the second set, his serve a lot improved, however Carreno Busta repelled every little thing Djokovic might throw at him and he got here from 1-4 down within the tie-break to drive a match level at 5-6.
Pablo Carreno Busta fought onerous to take the second set to a tie-break however could not capitalise
Djokovic confirmed his coronary heart was nonetheless prepared by saving it and taking the competition to a decider however issues rapidly took one other downward flip.
Carreno Busta was the opponent on the US Open final summer time when Djokovic was defaulted for hitting a line choose with a ball and, when the Spaniard saved a break level within the opening recreation, his opponent once more had a worrying lack of management, flinging his racket into the stands.
Remarkably, he didn’t obtain a warning, and Carreno Busta was clearly shocked that Djokovic was not given a degree penalty when he angrily destroyed one other racket after falling 3-0 behind.
He tried to show the match round however Carreno Busta, who has performed the most effective tennis of his profession during the last 12 months, withstood fantastically to assert his first Olympic medal, lastly clinching his sixth match level.
The match was taken to a 3rd set after Djokovic’s slim tie break victory within the second
Carreno Busta rallied and gained the third set 6-3 to assert the bronze medal on the Tokyo video games
The 30-year-old lay amid the Olympic rings behind the court docket in celebration as his opponent waited to congratulate him on the internet.
Djokovic nonetheless has an opportunity to win a bronze medal in blended doubles, the place he and Stojanovic will tackle Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and John Friends in a uncommon assembly of the lads’s and girls’s world quantity ones.
After his singles defeat Djokovic revealed he had pulled out of his blended doubles bronze medal match, the place he and Stojanovic had been because of tackle Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and John Friends in a uncommon assembly of the lads’s and girls’s world quantity ones.
Djokovic was down however defiant, saying: ‘I do have a remorse for not profitable a medal for my nation. Alternatives missed each in doubles and singles. I did not ship yesterday and at present, the extent of tennis dropped, additionally because of exhaustion, mentally and bodily.
‘However, I do not remorse coming to the Olympics in any respect. After all not. I consider there isn’t any coincidence in life, every little thing occurs for a cause, and I had some heartbreaking losses at Olympic Video games and a few large tournaments in my profession, and I do know that these losses have normally made me stronger, in each side.
Djokovic can’t disguise his disappointment however says he’ll attempt once more on the Paris Olympics
‘I do know that I’ll bounce again. I’ll attempt to maintain going for Paris Olympic Video games, I’ll combat for my nation to win medals and I am sorry that I dissatisfied loads of sports activities followers in my nation however that is sport.
‘I gave all of it, no matter I had left within the tank, which was not a lot. I felt it out on the court docket. The results bodily hopefully is not going to create an issue for me for US Open. That is one thing that I am undecided about proper now.
‘However I am not regretting giving all of it as a result of, once you play in your nation, that is essential.’On his lack of management, Djokovic mentioned: ‘It was an emotional outburst and it occurs. It is tense on the court docket. Within the warmth of the battle. It isn’t the primary time and never the final time in all probability.
‘It isn’t good after all but it surely’s a part of, I assume, who I’m. I do not like doing this stuff. I am sorry for sending this type of message however we’re all human beings and generally it is tough to regulate your feelings.’