What’s Next For Novak Djokovic After Medal-Less Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Published 07/31/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off after losing his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany. REUTERS/Mike Segar


World No.1 Novak Djokovic came to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a mission to win the Gold medal. The Gold had an even bigger meaning for him this year as he was also on the verge of accomplishing the Calendar Golden Slam- something that no other male player has achieved in the history of the sport. However, things didn’t turn out to be in his favor as he failed to win even a medal in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic recently lost to Alexander Zverev in the semis of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. On the very same day, he and his partner, Nina Stojanovic, also lost in the mixed doubles category. The Serbian legend had a chance of winning the Bronze medal but he lost to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and thus, returned home without a medal.

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

It is not the end of Djoker’s 2021 season. However, there are high chances that the World No.1 player will miss the Rogers Cup 2021. He has been playing continuously for more than two months now and thus, his body demands some rest before the upcoming hard-court season.

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After having quite a tough schedule because of the French Open, Wimbledon Championships, and now the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Nole might not be able to make a comeback before the Cincinnati Masters 2021.

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Novak Djokovic can win the Calendar Slam in 2021

Even after a disappointing result at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Djokovic is still on the verge of registering his name in the history books. He has already won three Grand Slam titles this year and will be eyeing the US Open 2021 title now.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second-round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

If Nole manages to win in New York this year, he’ll become only the second male player after Rod Laver to achieve the Calendar Slam. Apart from this, he’ll also surpass both his arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in the Grand Slam tally.

It’ll be intriguing to see how Novak Djokovic comes out of his tragic losses. He is a fighter and thus, fans still have huge expectations from him. Will he be able to end his career with the most number of Grand Slam titles?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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