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Djokovic loses to Zverev at Olympics, ending Golden Slam bid

Tokyo Olympics tennis men's singles

The semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics tennis men's singles have come to an end. Tennis world champion Novak Djokovic was defeated by fourth-seeded German player Alexander Zverev.

Novak Djokovic reacts during the men's singles semifinal match against Alexander Zverev
Novak Djokovic reacts during the men's singles semifinal match against Alexander Zverev

Djokovic won the first set 6:1 at the start, but the next two sets were swallowed by opponents 3:6 and 1:6. The loss also declared that his dream of completing the "Calendar Year Golden Slam" was shattered.


Djokovic will compete with Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta for third place, and the winner of semi-final Alexander Zverev will compete with Russia’s Karen Khachanov for the Olympic gold medal

Alexander Zverev -The 24-year-old is the first German to reach the semi-finals of the Olympics men’s singles since Tommy Haas won the silver medal back at Sydney 2000
Alexander Zverev -The 24-year-old is the first German to reach the semi-finals of the Olympics men’s single

Djokovic passed easy through in the Tokyo Olympic Men's Singles. After defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in the quarter-final, he successfully broke into the semi-final.


Unexpectedly, after he played in the semi-final. After easily winning the first set 6:1, In the second set, he encountered a strong counterattack from his opponent and lost the second set 3:6. In the third set, he still couldn't adjust the situation in time. In the end, he lost 1:6 in the third set and was unable to advance to the gold medal match.


This mean announced his The dream of the Golden Slam (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, Olympic gold medal) was shattered. Djokovic is 34 years old this year, and his physical condition is beginning to decline. The next time he has the opportunity to achieve the highest tennis achievement "Golden Slam" is the 2024 Paris Olympics. By then, he will be 37 years old. For a 37-year-old tennis player, this is very difficult.


The hard-to-complete Tennis Golden Slam

The term Golden Slam (initially "Golden Grand Slam") was coined in 1988, when Steffi Graf won the 1988 Australian Open, 1988 French Open, 1988 Wimbledon Championships, 1988 US Open, as well as the 1988 Olympic gold medal. She is the only player to have done so.


Taking into account the late entry of tennis into the Olympics, it is impossible to win the four major open tennis tournaments and Olympic gold medals in the same year. If the conditions for completing these feats in the same year are removed, Who are the players who have won the gold slam in the professional career?


Career Golden Slam

The Punisher - Andre Kirk Agassi

Former world number one tennis player Andre Agassi
Former world number one tennis player Andre Agassi

8 Grand Slam tournaments championships and 1 Olympic gold medal

Agassi is a player who mainly hits the bottom line, and has a strong ability to receive and serve. His style of play is suitable for all kinds of venues. He is known as the best bottom line player in the 90s. He and former ball king Sampras dominated the 90s. In the men’s tennis of the 1990s, the latter won more grand slams, but Agassi’s technique is more suitable for any venue and won the Olympic gold medal to complete the Career Golden Slam.



The King of Clay - Rafael Nadal

Nadal won 13 times French Open championship
Nadal won 13 times French Open championship

20 Grand Slam tournaments championships and 1 Olympic gold medal

The only player among the three active tennis giants who has won the Olympic tennis men's singles gold medal is Nadal. In his professional career, before Djokovic became the world's king, Nadal has long dominated the tennis world with Roger Federer.


Federer–Nadal rivalry

The modern tennis game between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as the two greatest tennis players of all time. From 2006 to 2008, they participated in every French Open and Wimbledon finals. Their 2008 Wimbledon final was hailed by many senior tennis analysts as the greatest game ever. Their 2017 Australian Open final was one of the most anticipated matches in tennis history, partly because of the relevance of popular discussions about their ranking in the greatest tournaments. In the all-time list, plus they are in their 30s, this is usually when most male players decline or retire.

Federer - Nadal is the GOAT
Federer - Nadal is the GOAT



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