Tokyo, Jul 31 (EFE).- Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic pulled out of the mixed doubles bronze medal match at the Tokyo 2020 due to injury after losing the singles’ third spot to Spaniard Pablo Carreño.
Djokovic, teaming up with Nina Stojanovic, was scheduled to compete against Ashleigh Barty and John Peers for the bronze medal after his match against Carreño.
The world No.1, however, decided to withdraw from the mixed doubles match with “a left shoulder injury”, according to the International Tennis Federation.
The withdrawal meant yet another upset for the world No.1 who walked out of Tokyo empty-handed as the Australian duo claimed the final spot on the podium.
“I’ve had some heart-breaking losses at the Olympic Games and some big tournaments in my career,” Djokovic said afterwards.
“I know that those losses have usually made me stronger in every aspect. I know that I will bounce back,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Carreño defeated the Serb 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 as Djokovic failed to repeat the 2008 bronze medal, his best Olympic result.
“I will try to keep going for the Paris Olympic Games. I will fight for my country to win medals,” the 34-year-old said.
“I’m sorry that I disappointed a lot of sports fans in my country, but that’s sport. I gave it [my] all – whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much, I left it out on the court.” EFE