Tokyo 2020: 'Heartbreaking for his partner' - Novak Djokovic pulls out of doubles bronze match after singles defeat
The world number one was beaten to singles bronze by Pablo Carreno Busta, and shortly after he withdrew from the mixed doubles equivalent with an apparent shoulder injury, meaning Serbian team-mate Nina Stojanovic will miss out on a medal and Australian pair Ashleigh Barty and John Peers get a place on the podium. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
'Wonderful moment' - Djokovic misses out on medal as Carreno Busta wins bronze
According to the International Tennis Federation, the world number one withdrew because of a "left shoulder injury", meaning Nina Stojanovic will be deprived of a chance to win a medal, with bronze going to Australian pair Ashleigh Barty and John Peers courtesy of a walkover.
Djokovic, who had several tantrums during the match, was surprisingly beaten by Alexander Zverev in the singles semi-finals yesterday, ending his chances of winning the Golden Slam of four major titles and Olympic gold in one year, and he then lost out on bronze with a three-set defeat to Carreno Busta.
It is disappointing news for Stojanovic, who was on the verge of her greatest tennis achievement, as she had never previously reached a Grand Slam final either.
But after Barty's surprise first round exit in the singles, the women's world number one has picked up a meaningful consolation by winning her first Olympic medal with Peers, albeit in underwhelming circumstances.
Djokovic looked out of sorts on another hot day in Tokyo - twice unleashing rage on his racket in the deciding third set, once into the stand and another with a violent smash near the net.
His injury will be a worry ahead of the American hard court swing and for his preparations ahead of the US Open, which starts in four weeks time.
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'Heartbreaking for Stojanovic' - Croft reacts
Eurosport expert Annabel Croft gave her response to the news:
"I’m really surprised. I mean that was a very brutal tennis match, he was on court for nearly three hours, but there wasn’t any particular sign that there was any issue there.
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"Obviously his partner [Nina] Stojanovic, this is heart-breaking for her because she would have done anything to play this match and potentially for her own personal glory. Going for a medal would have been something really special for her.
"As it stands then, [Ashleigh] Barty and [John] Peers will take that bronze medal. But I’m just waiting to see what the statement is from Novak Djokovic because as we said he’s in a bad place emotionally I’m sure, because he didn’t get the gold medal, he hasn’t now got the bronze medal, who knows where his body is at. But I would just say it’s a heartbreak for his partner."
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