Strop-ovic! Novak Djokovic tosses one racquet and smashes another in Olympics defeat - then pulls out of doubles with injury

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Strop-ovic! Novak Djokovic tosses one racquet and smashes another in Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze match defeat
Strop-ovic! Novak Djokovic tosses one racquet and smashes another in Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze match defeat

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.

Novak Djokovic loses his cool and smashes two racquets in Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze match defeat - REUTERS
Novak Djokovic loses his cool and smashes two racquets in Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze match defeat - REUTERS
Missing: most of Djokovic's racquet - AP
Missing: most of Djokovic's racquet - AP
 Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts during the bronze medal match of the tennis competition against Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan - AP
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts during the bronze medal match of the tennis competition against Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan - AP
Keeping his cool: Djokovic still has a shot at a medal in the doubles - REUTERS
Keeping his cool: Djokovic still has a shot at a medal in the doubles - REUTERS

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.

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