Novak Djokovic says he ‘feels terrible’ after his loss to Alexander Zverev in the Olympics semi-finals.
The world number one started the match brilliantly and got himself into a dominant position in the second set too.
However, he suffered an uncharacteristic collapse in consistency, with Zverev able to rattle off seven successive games to turn the match completely on it’s head.
Djokovic later suffered another blow as he and Nina Stojanovic lost to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina in the mixed doubles.
That leaves the Serbian fighting for two bronze medals rather than the gold he had hoped for, and he admitted it was tough to digest.
“I feel so terrible right now,” Djokovic said after his singles defeat. “I can’t be positive right now.
“It’s just sport. He played better. I’ve got to give him credit for turning [the] match around. He served extremely well.
“I mean I was not getting too many looks on the second serve. My serve just drastically dropped. I didn’t get any free points from 3-2 up in the second. My game fell apart.
“I feel terrible right now in every sense but tomorrow hopefully [I have a] fresh start, recover, and at least win one medal for my country.”
Djokovic’s loss to Zverev means he is now unable to complete what would have been a historic Golden Slam, although he is still on for the Calendar Slam.
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