(CNN)Novak Djokovic’s quest for a historic ‘Golden Slam’ came to an end on Friday when he was defeated by Alexander Zverev at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In the semifinals of the Summer Games, the world No. 1 was defeated by the German 1-6 6-3 6-1.
He was attempting to become the first man to win a ‘Golden Slam,’ which includes four grand slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
Steffi Graf, who accomplished the feat in 1998, is the only tennis player to have done it.
This year, the Serbian has won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. He would have required an Olympic gold medal and the US Open title.
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Even if he wins the year’s final grand slam, the 34-year-old will have won 21 majors, surpassing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have each won 20 majors.
As the two embraced at the net after the victory, Zverev described what he and Djokovic had spoken.
Zverev told reporters, “I told him he’s the greatest of all time, and he will be.”
“I understand he was chasing history, the ‘Golden Slam,’ and the Olympics, but in these types of situations, Novak and I are extremely close.”
Of course, I’m overjoyed that I’ve won, but I understand how Novak feels.”
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In the Tokyo 2020 semifinal on Friday, Novak Djokovic hits a forehand.
Before Friday’s encounter, Djokovic had not dropped a set at the Games, and he had looked menacing as he brushed past his opponents.
The similar story appeared to be playing out against Zverev early on, as the 2020 US Open finalist struggled to keep up with Djokovic’s effort.
He seemed to compose himself during the intermission between the first two sets and fought back with guts and purpose.
Djokovic showed indications of anxiety as uncharacteristic unforced errors crept into his performance, despite his large, powerful serve and lethal forehand putting him on the front foot.
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“It seemed impossible to beat him in this competition, therefore I’m overjoyed right now. But there’s still one more match to play.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic and Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta will battle it out for the bronze medal.