“Well Done Gentlemen”: Novak Djokovic Sends Wishes to Alexander Zverev, Pablo Carreno Busta and Karen Khachanov After Podium Finishes at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/05/2021, 4:59 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Pablo Carreno of Spain shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning his bronze medal match REUTERS/Edgar Su


Novak Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the world and a great professional. He has won three Grand Slam titles this year and is looking forward to a fourth title this month. However, he is also a gracious loser as he congratulated the tennis Olympic winners on his Instagram story.

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Djokovic congratulated Alexander Zverev, Pablo Carreno Busta, and Karen Khachanov after their respective podium finishes last week. Zverev won the gold, whereas Khachanov had to settle for silver while Pablo Carreno beat Djokovic for the bronze in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic shows class gesture for the winners on Instagram

A World No. 1 in his/her respective field only wants to win and a non-podium finish really hurts them. However, Djokovic showed why he is one of the top professionals in his field. After losing out on a medal in Tokyo in what was said to be his golden year, the Serb showed true class on his Instagram handle when he put up a picture of Zverev, Khachanov, and Carreno Busta with the caption “Well done gentlemen.”

Djokovic lost to Alexander Zverev in the semifinal, 6-1, 3-6, 1-6. He lost out on his chance for his maiden Olympic Gold medal and had to face Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match. The 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medalist could not repeat his heroics this time. Meanwhile, Zverev went on to win the men’s singles gold after beating Karen Khachanov in the final.

The World No. 1 lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in his quest for another Olympic medal. Busta won 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. As a result of his tiring men’s singles match, Djokovic pulled out of the mixed doubles bronze medal match as well. He had partnered with Nina Stojanovic for the mixed doubles category.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning his semifinal match REUTERS/Mike Segar

Djokovic bracing himself for the US Open

Novak Djokovic could not achieve his dream of winning a Golden Grand Slam this year. However, with three Grand Slam titles under his belt this year, Djokovic will be aiming for a fourth one later this month. Novak Djokovic is on the verge of completing a calendar Grand Slam this year, if he wins the US Open.

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However, after a not so good run at the Olympics, Djokovic will be considering switching to the fifth gear. He will have to battle it out for his fourth US Open title.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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