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Belinda Bencic grew to become the primary Swiss girl to win Olympic tennis gold as a racquet-smashing Novak Djokovic left Tokyo and not using a medal.
Bencic beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova 7-5 2-6 6-3 within the singles, and will nonetheless add one other gold within the doubles.
Earlier, a pissed off Djokovic misplaced to Pablo Carreno Busta within the males’s singles because the Spaniard took bronze.
The Serb later withdrew from the combined doubles bronze match due to a shoulder harm.
“I gave all of it, no matter I had left within the tank, which was not a lot. I felt it out on the court docket,” stated Djokovic, who threw one racquet and smashed one other in a 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 loss to Carreno Busta.
The Spaniard, who was Djokovic’s opponent final 12 months when the Serb was defaulted for hitting a line judge with a ball, fell to the court docket in pleasure when he sealed victory on his sixth match level.
Alexander Zverev, who ended Djokovic’s title bid on Friday, takes on Russian Karen Khachanov for singles gold on Sunday.
Bencic assured to take house two medals
Bencic joined Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, who received gold within the males’s doubles at Beijing 2008, and 1992 singles champion Marc Rosset as a Swiss Olympic tennis champion.
The world quantity 12 was made to work arduous for the victory in a match lasting two and a half hours.
The 24-year-old trailed by an early break within the third set towards world quantity 42 Vondrousova, however instantly broke again and bought a decisive break within the eighth recreation earlier than serving out the win.
She will get the possibility on Sunday to win a second gold medal when she groups up with Viktorija Golubic to face Czech prime seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova within the ladies’s doubles remaining.
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina received the bronze singles medal after coming from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.
Svitolina, 26, had trailed 4-1 within the deciding set however reeled off 5 video games in a row to turn into her nation’s first Olympic medallist in tennis.
Djokovic loses cool as medal possibilities slip by
Djokovic had arrived on the Video games looking for to turn into the primary man to win a ‘Golden Slam’ – Olympic gold plus all 4 Grand Slams.
He had already received the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this 12 months and can nonetheless have the chance to finish a uncommon calendar Grand Slam on the US Open, which begins on the finish of August.
However these Video games, the place large rivals Federer and Rafael Nadal weren’t taking part in, represented his greatest probability of the ‘Golden Slam’ together with his subsequent alternative not till 2024, when he will likely be 37.
Djokovic saved a match level towards Carreno Busta within the second set to pressure a decider however his frustrations boiled over early within the third when he failed to interrupt, throwing one racquet into the empty stands and smashing one other towards the web put up because the Spaniard held his nerve for victory.
Djokovic would have had one other alternative for a medal later within the day however he withdrew from his combined doubles bronze-medal match with a shoulder harm. He and Nina Stojanovic had been attributable to face Australians John Friends and Ashleigh Barty.
“I do have a remorse for not successful a medal for my nation,” Djokovic stated. “Alternatives missed each in doubles and singles. I did not ship yesterday and right this moment, the extent of tennis dropped, additionally attributable to exhaustion, mentally and bodily.
“The implications bodily hopefully won’t create an issue for me for US Open. That is one thing that I am unsure about proper now.
“However I do not remorse coming to the Olympics in any respect. Every little thing occurs for a cause, and I had some heartbreaking losses at Olympic Video games and a few large tournaments in my profession, and I do know that these losses have normally made me stronger, in each facet.
“I do know that I’ll bounce again. I’ll attempt to hold going for Paris Olympic Video games.”