Tokyo 2020: Djokovic says 'history on the line' in Golden Slam bid
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Novak Djokovic has been spotted partying after his disappointment at the Olympics. The world No 1 was looking to complete the Golden Slam and secure the one thing that has always evaded him – a gold medal – but he came away from Tokyo without any hardware. He has since pulled out of the Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati, and has his sights set on the upcoming US Open where he can make history by winning a record 21st major and achieving the Calendar Grand Slam.
Djokovic reposted some Instagram stories showing him at a yacht party at home in Serbia as he forgot about his Olympic losses.
The 34-year-old was the favourite to win gold in Tokyo, especially with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all pulling out of the men’s singles event, but lost his semi-final from a set and a break up before suffering defeat a day later in the bronze medal match.
He then withdrew from the US Open warm-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati, saying he wanted to take an extended period of rest after a gruelling first few months of the season which saw him win the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Djokovic firmly set his sights on the US Open, saying he would be back in New York where he could pull ahead from long-time rivals Federer and Nadal, with the Big Three all tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each.
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A win at Flushing Meadows would also make up for the Serb’s failure to complete the Golden Slam, as he would still collect all four Majors in one season to achieve the Calendar Grand Slam, a feat no man has accomplished since 1969.
It seems he has already put the gold medal disappointment out of his mind though, as he was seen in a number of snaps from a party at the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club.
The top-ranked player was captured singing along to one of the songs alongside two of his friends in one video, while dancing with wife Jelena Djokovic in another video as Dino Merlin performed.
Djokovic looked dapper in a white shirt and beige shorts, smiling for the camera as he posed for photos with his friends.
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The No 1 is the favourite to win the US Open with doubts over the fitness of Nadal while Federer has announced he will undergo a third righ knee surgery.
The Spaniard returned to competition in Washington after a left foot injury kept him out of Wimbledon and the Olympics, and even travelled to Toronto for this week’s Masters event before he joined his rivals in withdrawing from the two Masters events.
Nadal has since flown home to Spain to consult with his personal doctor before making a decision on whether to complete at the US Open.
Meanwhile, Federer revealed he suffered a setback with his ongoing knee injury during the grass court season and, after consulting with his doctors, will undergo his third knee surgery in 18 months.
Posting an IGTV video titled ‘update’, Federer revealed he had made the decision to have another knee surgery, having already had two last year.
“As you can imagine, it’s not been simple,” he said on Instagram.
“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass court season and Wimbledon.
“It’s just not the way to go forward so unfortunately for the medium-to-long term to feel better I will need surgery.”
He admitted that he will be realistic about coming back at his age but thinks the surgery gives him a “glimmer of hope” to return to the tour eventually.
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