Alexander Zverev has apologized for beating Novak Djokovic and putting an end to the world number one’s hopes of a Golden Slam at the Olympics.
Having already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this season, it seems little seemed to stop Djokovic from a gold medal and a US Open title next month.
History repeated itself for Djokovic
The “Calendar Slam” is still ongoing for the Serbian, but his gold medal hopes went up in smoke in Tokyo 2020 on Friday.
After losing to Zverev in the men’s singles semi-final, the 34-year-old went on to lose in mixed doubles alongside Nina Stojanovic.
It represented yet another semi-final loss for Djokovic, who has just one bronze to show for his career, from Beijing in 2008.
Zverev, aware that his 1-6 6-3 6-1 victory robbed Djokovic of a piece of history, shared a warm embrace with the net legend.
Djokovic took defeat like a champion
“You are one of the greatest players of all time. I’m sorry for that, ”he told his opponent.
Speaking after his surprise victory, the tearful German said: “I told him he is the greatest of all time, and he will be.
Zverev was in tears after securing a silver medal at worst
“I know he was continuing the story, chasing the Golden Slam and chasing the Olympics, but in times like these, Novak and I are very close.
“I’m sorry about Novak, but he’s won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, 550 Masters series or whatever, you can’t have it all.
“It’s an incredible feeling to know that you are going to bring the medal home to you in Germany. It seemed like it was impossible to beat him at this event so I’m very happy right now. But there is still one game to play.
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