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Novak Djokovic’s hopes of successful a ‘Golden Slam’ are over after he misplaced to Alexander Zverev within the Olympic tennis semi-finals.
Serb Djokovic, the world primary, was bidding to turn into the primary man to win all 4 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in the identical 12 months.
However German Zverev, 24, got here from a set right down to win 1-6 6-3 6-1 on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo.
The fourth seed will meet Russian Karen Khachanov in Sunday’s closing.
World quantity 25 and twelfth seed Khachanov beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-3 earlier on Friday.
Djokovic, 34, will face Carreno Busta within the bronze medal match on Saturday. His earlier greatest on the Olympics is bronze at Beijing 2008
He additionally gained the Australian and French Open this 12 months.
Steffi Graf is the one participant to win all 4 Grand Slams and the Olympic title in the identical 12 months, in 1988.
Requested about embracing Djokovic on the internet after his victory, Zverev replied: “I informed him that he is the best of all time, and he shall be.
“I do know that he was chasing historical past, however in these sort of moments me and Novak are very shut.
“I really feel sorry for Novak, however he is gained 20 Grand Slams, 550 Masters sequence or no matter. You possibly can’t have every part.”
Djokovic didn’t lose a set in his first 4 video games in Tokyo and breezed by means of the opening set of the semi-final in 37 minutes earlier than going a break up within the second.
However Zverev gained 10 video games in a row to win the second set and take a commanding lead within the third, with Djokovic wanting powerless to stop the world quantity 5 wrapping it up with three breaks within the decider.
Zverev upset Djokovic to win the ATP Finals in London in 2018 and has solely reached one Grand Slam closing, shedding to Dominic Thiem finally 12 months’s US Open.
“It is a tremendous feeling realizing that you will carry a medal again residence,” stated Zverev.
“It appeared it was not possible to beat him at this occasion, so I am very joyful proper now, however but there’s nonetheless one match to go.”