Zverev beats Djokovic to achieve last
|Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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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 develop into the primary man to win all 4 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in the identical yr.
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 last.
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 finest on the Olympics is bronze at Beijing 2008.
He has additionally gained the Australian and French Open this yr.
Steffi Graf is the one player to win all 4 Grand Slams and the Olympic title in the identical yr, in 1988.
Djokovic didn’t lose a set in his first 4 games in Tokyo and breezed by the opening set of the semi-final in 37 minutes earlier than going a break up within the second.
However Zverev gained 10 games in a row to win the second set and take a commanding lead within the third, with Djokovic trying powerless to forestall 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 last, shedding to Dominic Thiem finally yr’s US Open.