Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic insisted it was a true privilege to represent his country at the Tokyo Olympics and revealed that he is also hoping to play at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, arrived to Tokyo determined to finally win his first gold medal.
Djokovic, 34, fell short in his attempt after he blew a lead of a set and a break in the semifinal against Alexander Zverev. Djokovic then failed to secure a medal for his country as he got stunned by Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match.
"It was a true privilege to represent #SRB at the Olympics. Thank you #Tokyo2020 and everyone that helped us come together for the magic of sport. I know in my heart I gave it everything to fight for a medal, and I’m looking forward to coming back stronger at #Paris2024.
This was an unbelievable experience I will never forget Folded hands. Good luck to all the Serbian athletes still competing for a medal," Djokovic said in a Twitter post.
Djokovic revealed he was battling injuries
“I am dealing with injuries.
Not one, more than one“, Djokovic told Serbian reporters in Tokyo, per Tennis Majors, “I hope that it won’t stop me from going to the US Open, which is my next big goal. “I do not regret coming or giving my all; how can I have regrets, it is normal when you are at the Olympic Games representing your country.
Unfortunately, for the third time at the Olympics, I am losing in the semi-finals. I won the medal only once. I mean, ’only’, a medal is a medal, but for my standards and expectations and wishes, not an ideal outcome."
Djokovic didn't drop a single set en route to the semifinal and he was the top favorite to win it all. After failing to secure a medal for Serbia, Djokovic apologized to sports fans in his country. “I apologise to all the fans in Serbia who I have disappointed.
I know everyone expected a medal, I did too. I feel bad for Nina because we did not fight for a medal in mixed, but my body said ’enough’: I have played under medications and abnormal pain and exhaustion. But again, my heart is in the right place, because I know that I gave my all.
I love to play for my country. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I wanted, but that is sport, we move on," Djokovic said.