‘One Olympics medal is not good by my standards,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says ‘only’ winning one Olympics medal in four appearances at the Games is well below his expectations.

Djokovic was the favourite for gold in Tokyo but he lost out to Alexander Zverev, the eventual gold medal winner, in the semi-finals.

The world number one was then defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match, forcing him to leave Tokyo empty handed.

It means all Djokovic has to show for four Olympics is the bronze medal he won in Beijing in 2008, and he says that is not good enough.

“I do not regret coming or giving my all [in Tokyo]; how can I have regrets, it is normal when you are at the Olympic Games representing your country,” Djokovic said.

“Unfortunately, for the third time at the Olympics, I am losing in the semi-finals.

“I won the medal only once. I mean, ’only’ – a medal is a medal – but for my standards and expectations and wishes, not an ideal outcome.”

As well as Beijing, Novak Djokovic played in the London 2012 Olympics, where he was the flag-bearer for Serbia.

He lost to Andy Murray in the semi-finals, though, then Juan Martin del Potro in the bronze medal match.

Del Potro also beat him in the first round at Rio is 2016.

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