Novak Djokovic’s father has revealed that he advised his son against competing at Tokyo 2020. The Serb fell short in the semi-final, crushing his hopes of achieving the calendar Golden Slam, and subsequently lost the bronze medal match. The always outspoken Srdjan Djokovic has now said he thought the world number one should have followed Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in pulling out of the Olympics.
Djokovic was bidding to be the first male player in history to complete the elusive calendar Golden Slam, winning all four Majors and Olympic gold in the same year, after already securing the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles.
After looking solid in his run to the gold medal, his chances were thwarted when he lost to Alexander Zverev in the semi-final, having been a set and a break up.
Failing to reach the final, the 20-time Grand Slam champion looked lost in the bronze medal match when he found himself a set down to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Although he was able to force a decider, Djokovic’s frustration got the better of him when he launched a racket into the empty stands and the Spaniard went on to win the match.
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“Of course your opinion matters to me, Dad. I wanted to take three or four days to feel how my body was,” he wrote.
“I always recover quickly, so it’s not a big deal. Patriotism is very strong in my heart and in my head, Dad. You know me, when it comes to Serbia, I cry there and I don’t turn around.”
It’s not the first time Djokovic has ignored advice on his decision to compete at the Olympic games.
The Olympic team coach and Davis Cup captain for Serbia admitted everyone was against the 34-year-old competing in the mixed doubles event alongside Nina Stojanovic.
Viktor Troicki, Olympic team coach and David Cup captain for Serbia, admitted everyone was against Djokovic playing in the mixed doubles.
Recently retired Troicki told the Associated Press: “I was against it, the whole team was against it.
“I thought he had enough of tennis the last months. Really, he played so much.”
The former world number 12 added: “Everyone was thinking about the singles. When he said he wanted to play mixed, I was like, ‘OK, [if] it means that much to him and he wants to prove that he’s ready and in the mixed matches he’s giving everything, he’s 100% focused on going all the way, then OK.”