NEW DELHI: World's Number 1, Novak Djokovic's hopes of becoming the first man to complete the Golden Slam were smashed after he was beaten by Germany's Alexander Zverev in the singles semi-finals at the Tokyo Games on Friday.
The Serbian's 1-6 6-3 6-1 defeat also ended his dream of winning an Olympic singles gold medal, the only major honor missing from his long list of accolades.
Earlier, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic cruised into the semi-finals of the men's singles event at the Tokyo Olympics here at Ariake Tennis Park on Thursday.
The world number one registered a dominant straight-set 6-2, 6-0 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in just 72 minutes.
The world number one had arrived in Tokyo gunning for the Golden Slam winning all four majors and Olympic gold in the same year after triumphing at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon in 2021.
Djokovic, who won singles bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, appeared to be on course for an easy victory on Friday when he claimed the opening set for the loss of just one game and then went up a break midway through the second.
But world number five Zverev managed to find another gear, breaking back and reeling off eight games in a row to take the set and take a commanding lead in the decider.