Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Novak Djokovic beaten by Alexander Zverev in the semifinals
Updated: Oct 6
World No. 1 Djokovic, and new Wimbledon winner, was defused and beaten in the Tokyo semifinals by a great Zverev who is now aiming for Olympic gold.
Novak Djokovic's ambition for the "Golden Slam" shatters against an amazing Alexander Zverev, victorious in the match valid for the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The world number one aimed to become the first man to win all four majors and an Olympic gold medal in the singles in the same calendar year. Steffi Graf is the only tennis player to have achieved this feat before.
After a super start, Djokovic seemed destined to make tennis history and take home a foregone Olympic final.
But the 24-year-old Zverev did not let himself be frightened by the opponent's rackets and with extreme calm showed an exceptional level of determination and character that allowed him to overturn the odds and triumph 1-6 6-3 6-1 against the number one in the world.
Zverev takes his pass for the Tokyo 2020 final where he will face Karen Khachanov as the favorite. The Serbian, on the other hand, will face the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the match that will award the bronze medal.
Djokovic was playing a great Olympics but Zverev was also playing well, so this semi-final seemed more than a big obstacle for Novak from the beginning.
Applause for Zverev, good and lucky to make better use of Tokyo's humid climate; factor that is weighed like a boulder on the game of the Serbian.
The very hot condition had convinced the organizers to move the start of the match from 11 to 15 to avoid the worst of the heat, but this did not help to improve the situation.