The universe clapped back at Novak Djokovic on Friday at the Tokyo Olympics with the formerly formidable Serb losing twice on the day for his first defeats since mid-May.

Karma from the Games toyed with the overwhelming gold medal candidate as he lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the men’s singles semi-finals.

A few hours later, Djokovic was done and dusted in Japan – with a pair of bronze medal matches now in his weekend diary after he and countrywoman Nina Stovanovic were defeated in the mixed doubles semis by the Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 7-6(4), 7-5.

Djokivic last lost a match on May 16 in Rome, when he went down in the Foro Italico final to Rafael Nadal.

His run of 22 straight victories was brought to a crashing end by Zverev, who now owns three wins against the Serb from nine matches.

World No. 1 Djokovic will have to try and fire up for a pair of near-meaningless matches on Saturday – singles against Pablo Carreno Busta and mixed with Stojanovic against Australians Ash Barty and John Peers.

The disappointed Serb is likely to go to ground once he leaves Tokyo, with his pullout from the Toronto Masters in little more than a fortnight already announced.

He is still entered in the Cincinnati event from August 16 in the US and then faces the US Open starting in a month.

Should he win either of his consolation contests. Djokovic’s career Olympic record would be capped with bronze medal showings after finishing third in Beijing 2008 in singles.

Longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal boast gold medals from past Games, with Federer winning the Beijing doubles title with Stan Wawrinka 

and earning singles silver at London 2012.

Nadal lifted the Rio 2016 doubles gold with Marc Lopez while Britain’s Andy Murray defended his London gold medal with a similar finish five years ago at Rio.

Main photo:- An exhausted Novak Djokovic in Tokyo only has two bronze medals to play for now ©


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