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Tokyo Olympics: Novak Djokovic's bid for Golden Slam ended by Alexander Zverev in semis

There was another setback in the tennis sector in the Tokyo Olympics. World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia was ousted in the semis by Germany'sAlexander Zverev, ending his bid for the Golden Slam.

Tokyo Olympics: Novak Djokovic's bid for Golden Slam ended by Alexander Zverev in semis-ayh
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Tokyo, First Published Jul 30, 2021, 9:23 PM IST
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The sport of tennis in the Tokyo Olympics saw another setback. Reigning world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia's bid for Golden Slam was ended by Germany'sAlexander Zverev in the semis.

Zverev bounced back to win it in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 6-1). On a humid evening at the Ariake Tennis Park, the Serbian made a series of uncharacteristic errors despite getting off to a strong start in the opening set.

At the same time, the German began to claim most of his points through his big serves. While Zverev utilised his backhand winners down the line, Djokovic barely made an effort to counter it.

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Following the game, the Serbian walked up to the net to embrace the German, as the former placed his head on the latter's shoulder, followed by some sweet exchange of words. Djokovic had won the bronze during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while he could still win gold in the mixed-doubles at this edition.

The Serbian was looking to win the Golden Slam, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year. Winning the Olympics and the upcoming US Open would have allowed him to become the first male and the second in tennis history after Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the Golden Slam in the same calendar year.

In the meantime, Zverev would clash against Karen Khachanov of Russia in the final for the gold. As for Nole, he faces Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain in the bronze medal clash.

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