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Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a golden year in winning all three of available men’s grand slam titles – but these Olympic Games have been a different story.
Having seen his chance of a ‘golden slam’ of all four majors, plus an Olympic gold medal, dashed by Alexander Zverev on Friday, Djokovic duly missed out on a bronze singles medal as he slipped to defeat against Spain’s Pablo Carreno today.
And Djokovic – a man who must have forgotten how it felt to lose prior to that defeat by Zverev – struggled to contain his frustrations at the Ariake Tennis Park.
First, the Serbian hurled his racket into the empty stands at the arena – surprisingly, not earning a punishment from the officials – and then shortly after smashed a second racket. That provoked a warning but not a points penalty.
Djokovic’s venting did not help him on the court as he slipped to a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 defeat to Carreno, the world No12.
Out: You don't need hawkeye for that one… Djokovic's racquet ends up 10 rows back between points in the third set
Missing: most of Djokovic's racquet
Djokovic was defeated in three sets
Keeping his cool: Djokovic still has a shot at a medal in the doubles
Djokovic had been due to have one final shot at a bronze medal in the mixed doubles with Nina Stojanovic but he pulled out of the clash against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and John Peers with a shoulder injury.