Novak Djokovic’s hopes of winning an Olympic gold medal were put on hold for another three years as he suffered his second semi-final defeat on Friday in the mixed doubles alongside Nina Stojanovic. The Serbian pair fell to a 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 loss to Russians Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev. World number one Djokovic had earlier seen his Golden Grand Slam bid ended by a singles semi-final defeat by Alexander Zverev. Djokovic needed Olympic singles gold and the US Open title to secure the Golden Slam after winning the first three Grand Slam events of the season.
A tight first set was taken on a tie-break by Vesnina and Karatsev, but Djokovic and Stojanovic looked poised to force a deciding breaker after moving 4-2 ahead in the second.
But Stojanovic was broken in the eighth game and then again, to love, in game 12, with Djokovic bunting a difficult volley long on the first match point.
The 34-year-old Djokovic, who won singles bronze in 2008, will play two bronze-medal matches on Saturday, against Pablo Carreno Busta in the singles before he and Stojanovic take on Australia’s Barty and Peers.
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