Alexander Zverev mentioned sorry for beating Novak Djokovic and ending the world primary’s hopes of a Golden Slam on the Olympics.
Having already received the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this season, there gave the impression to be little stopping Djokovic from a gold medal and US Open title subsequent month.
The ‘Calendar Slam’ remains to be on for the Serbian, however his hopes of a gold medal went up in smoke at Tokyo 2020 on Friday.
After dropping to Zverev within the males’s singles semi-final, the 34-year-old then misplaced within the blended doubles alongside Nina Stojanovic.
It represented one more semi-final defeat for Djokovic, who solely has one bronze medal to indicate for his profession, from Beijing in 2008.
Zverev, conscious that his 1-6 6-Three 6-1 victory had denied Djokovic a chunk of historical past, shared a heat embrace with the legend on the internet.
“You’re one of many best gamers of all time. I’m sorry for this,” he instructed his opponent.
Talking after his shock victory, the teary German mentioned: “I instructed him that he’s the best of all time, and he will likely be.
“I do know that he was chasing historical past, is chasing the Golden Slam and was chasing the Olympics, however in these sort of moments me and Novak are very shut.
“I really feel sorry for Novak, however he’s received 20 grand slams, 550 Masters sequence or no matter, you possibly can’t have the whole lot.
“It’s an incredible feeling figuring out that you just’re going to carry the medal again to your home, again residence to Germany. It appeared it was unattainable to beat him at this occasion, so I’m very blissful proper now. However but there’s nonetheless one match to go.”
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