Djokovic loses his cool in ugly Olympic meltdown

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Novak Djokovic came to the Tokyo Olympics aiming for a Golden Slam. He'll permission without a medal and volition request immoderate clip to retrieve from a draining show successful utmost conditions that didn't conscionable expectations.

The top-ranked Djokovic mislaid his chill and abused his racquet respective times during a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 decision to Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain successful the bronze medal lucifer of the tennis tourney connected Saturday.


It was Djokovic's 3rd decision successful 2 days and it came little than 24 hours aft helium was beaten by Alexander Zverev of Germany successful the semifinals. That ended his bid for a Golden Slam, which is winning each 4 Grand Slam titles and Olympic golden successful the aforesaid year.

"I conscionable didn't present yesterday and today. The level of tennis dropped. Also owed to exhaustion — mentally and physically," Djokovic said. "I gave it all, immoderate I had near successful the vessel — which was not truthful much."

Djokovic's vexation was evident successful his on-court behaviour arsenic the lucifer wore on.

Having saved a lucifer constituent successful the second-set tiebreaker, Djokovic threw his racquet implicit 5 rows of seats into the stands aft helium couldn't get to a stop-volley victor from Carreño Busta to reason a agelong rally successful the opening crippled of the third.

Novak Djokovic during his nonaccomplishment to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta successful the bronze medal lucifer astatine the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty)

A mates of games later, erstwhile Carreño Busta had breached his service to instrumentality power of the decisive set, Djokovic again mislaid his chill and slammed his racquet into the nett station during a alteration of ends. He past picked up the mangled racquet and tossed it into the photographers' pit.

Djokovic received a verbal informing for the net-post incident, but Carreño Busta appeared to question the seat umpire arsenic to wherefore it wasn't a constituent punishment since it was the 2nd lawsuit of racquet abuse. The umpire, however, hadn't warned Djokovic for the archetypal incident.

Djokovic, who besides mislaid with Serbian spouse Nina Stojanovic successful the mixed doubles semifinals connected Friday, has played a full of 16 sets implicit 7 matches successful 4 days.

He was owed backmost connected tribunal aboriginal Saturday for 1 last lucifer successful Tokyo. He and Stojanovic were scheduled to look the Australian duo of Ash Barty and John Peers for the bronze medal successful mixed doubles. But Djokovic withdrew from that lucifer citing a near enarthrosis wounded — handing the bronze medal to Australia.

Novak Djokovic falls to Carreno Busta successful the bronze medal match. (Getty)

As it's been virtually each week astatine the Ariake Tennis Park, vigor was a large factor, with the somesthesia soaring to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) and stifling humidity making it consciousness similar 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).

Both Djokovic and Carreño Busta enactment crystal bags connected their necks during changeovers. Djokovic besides grabbed a rubber conduit blowing chill aerial and stuck it up his shirt.

Also later, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland plays Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic successful the women's singles golden medal match.

Meanwhile, Carreño Busta volition person to hold until Sunday to beryllium awarded his bronze medal, aft Zverev plays Karen Khachanov of ROC successful the men's final. That, of course, was the lucifer that Djokovic came expecting to play in.

Djokovic won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this twelvemonth and needed the Olympic and U.S. Open titles to implicit the Golden Slam collection.

Steffi Graf successful 1988 remains the lone tennis subordinate to execute the Golden Slam. But Djokovic tin inactive spell aft the calendar-year Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Open — thing nary antheral has accomplished since Rod Laver successful 1969.

Novak Djokovic volition permission Tokyo without an Olympic medal. (Getty)

The U.S. Open starts successful a month.

Keeping his temper nether power has ever been an contented for Djokovic, who was disqualified from past year's U.S. Open aft unintentionally hitting a enactment justice successful the pharynx with a shot during a fourth-round lucifer against Carreño Busta.

Carreño Busta went connected to scope the semifinals of the U.S. Open for his career-best effect astatine a major.

Now the 11th-ranked Carreño Busta has won an Olympic medal for different breakthrough infinitesimal — a infinitesimal helium cherished by falling down onto his backmost adjacent to the Olympic rings printed connected the tribunal aft Djokovic netted a forehand connected the Spaniard's sixth lucifer point.

Djokovic's lone Olympic medal remains a bronze successful singles from 2008 — his archetypal Olympics.

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