Novak Djokovic is leaving the Olympics without a medal in singles
It was Djokovic’s third loss in two days and came less than 24 hours after losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals. This ended his bid for the Golden Slam, winning all four Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold in the same year.
Djokovic’s frustration was evident in his on-court behavior during the match.
After saving a match point in the second-set tiebreaker, Djokovic threw his racket into the stands in five rows of seats as he could not finish a long rally in the opening game of Careno Busta’s stop-volley winner. Third.
A few games later, when Careno Busta broke his serve to take control of the deciding set, Djokovic again lost his cool and slammed his racket into the net post during a change of ends. Then he picked up the entangled racket and threw it into the photographer’s pit.
Djokovic received a verbal warning for the net-post incident, but Careno Busta questioned the chair umpire why it was not a point penalty as it was another instance of racket abuse. However, the umpire did not warn Djokovic for the first incident.
Djokovic, who lost to Serbia partner Nina Stojanovic in the mixed doubles semi-finals on Friday, has played a total of 16 sets in seven matches over four days.
He was due to be back on the court later on Saturday for a final in Tokyo. She and Stojanovic were to face the Australian pair of Ash Barty and John Peer for the bronze medal in mixed doubles. But Djokovic withdrew from that match citing a left shoulder injury – handing Australia the bronze medal.
As it has been almost an entire week at Ariack Tennis Park, heat was a major factor, with temperatures rising to 90 °F (32 °C) and the lack of moisture making it feel like 100 °F (38 °C).
Djokovic and Carreo Busta both put bags of ice on their necks during the changeover. Djokovic also grabbed a rubber tube blowing cold air and stuck it to his shirt.
Also later, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland played Marka Vondrosova of Czech Republic in the women’s singles gold medal match.
Meanwhile, Kareno Busta will have to wait until Sunday to be awarded his bronze medal, when Zverev takes on ROC’s Karen Khachanov in the men’s final. Of course, that was the match Djokovic came in hoping to play.
Djokovic won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and needed Olympic and US Open titles to complete the Golden Slam collection.
In 1988 Steffi Graf became the only tennis player to win the Golden Slam. But Djokovic can still go after the calendar-year Grand Slam by winning the US Open – something no man has achieved since Rod Laver in 1969.
The US Open will start in a month.
Keeping his temper under control has always been an issue for Djokovic, who was disqualified for last year’s US Open after inadvertently hitting a line judge with a ball in the throat during a fourth-round match against Careno Busta. had gone.
Carreño Busta reached the semifinals of the US Open for the best result of his career in a major.
Now 11th-ranked Careno Busta has won an Olympic medal for another breakthrough moment – a moment he cherished by falling on his back next to the Olympic ring on the court, when Djokovic struck a forehand on the Spaniard’s sixth match point. The net was laid.
Djokovic’s only Olympic medal is bronze in singles since 2008 – his first Olympics.
Associated Press reporter Sid Fryer contributed to this report.
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