Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was visibly disappointed after failing to win a medal for his country at the Tokyo Olympics. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, was beaten by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match.
Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 11 in the world, handed a 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 loss to Djokovic to win his first Olympic medal. Djokovic was also due to play in the mixed doubles bronze medal match but he pulled out due to a shoulder injury.
“I do have a regret for not winning a medal for my country,” Djokovic admitted, per the ITF website. “Opportunities missed both in mixed doubles and in singles. I didn’t deliver yesterday and today the level of tennis dropped, also due to exhaustion mentally and physically”.
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“I don’t regret coming to the Olympics at all, of course not,” he said. “I believe there is no coincidence in life. Everything happens for a reason. “I’ve had some heart-breaking losses at the Olympic Games and some big tournaments in my career.
I know that those losses have usually made me stronger in every aspect. I know that I will bounce back. “I will try to keep going for the Paris Olympic Games. I will fight for my country to win medals. I’m sorry that I disappointed a lot of sports fans in my country, but that’s sport.
I gave it [my] all - whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much, I left it out on the court”. Djokovic has had an outstanding 2021 season and it has taken a toll on his body. “The consequences physically hopefully will not create a problem for me for the US Open,” he said.
“That’s something that I am not sure about right now, but I’m not regretting giving it [my] all because at the end of the day, when you play for your country, that’s necessary”. On the other side, Carreno Busta was thrilled after winning a medal for Spain.
"This is even more incredible than winning a tournament," beamed Carreno Busta. "I won Davis Cup, and I’ve gone far in other tournaments, but winning an Olympic medal is indescribable. "I’ve felt the support from Spain, my family and people around me, and have received fond messages from those who saw me lose yesterday. I want to share this medal with all of them."