Djokovic denied Olympic bronze, throws racquet

Novak Djokovic lost the bronze-medal match in the Tokyo 2020 men’s singles event to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on Saturday before launching his racquet in frustration into the empty stands.

The world No. 1 withdrew from the mixed doubles bronze-medal clash citing a left shoulder injury, the International Tennis Federation announced minutes later.

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Mixed doubles opponents Ashleigh Barty and John Peers have been handed a walkover victory against Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic, winning the bronze medal for Australia.

Djokovic had arrived in Tokyo aiming to become the first man to complete a ‘Golden Slam’ — winning all four majors and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year. But that quest came to an end after he was beaten by fifth-ranked German Alexander Zverev in Friday’s semi-final.

Busta claimed bronze, beating a listless Djokovic 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3.

Saturday’s defeat marks Djokovic’s third appearance and second defeat in a singles bronze medal match. He won the bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008 before losing to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in London four years later.

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