Novak Djokovic: This Was One Of The Toughest Losses Of My Life!
by Tom Gainey | August 8th, 2016, 10:05 am

With emotions spilling out, Novak Djokovic called his loss last night to Juan Martin del Potro one of the toughest of his career. Djokovic was seeking a first gold medal in singles but his hopes were immediately dashed in the first round by the Argentine who blasted 29 forehand winners in a 76(4), 76(2) victory.

“No doubt it is one of the toughest losses in my life and in my career, it’s not easy to handle especially now just after the match, the wounds are still fresh, but you gotta deal with it, it’s not the first time I am losing a match but Olympics Games is completely different.”

It was Djokovic’s second straight loss to del Potro at the Olympics.

“It’s obviously very sad and disappointing to go out in a tournament this early but on the other hand I am glad a good friend of mine and someone who has struggled a lot in the last couple of years is back and plays at this level.”

Djokovic will have to regroup for the doubles where he and Nenad Zimonjic could still win the gold.

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6 Comments for Novak Djokovic: This Was One Of The Toughest Losses Of My Life!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Seeing Novak’s tears, and the embrace at the court with Del Potro; hearing these words, all are testament to Novak. What a great sportsman. So impressed with his mental strength, to be able to smile for his opponent’s victory when he was so crushed. I always liked his personality and humour, even when it rankled some of his opponents, but we’ve watched him grow and mature in the public eye in so many ways over the years.

I’ll always cheer for Federer against him, but if I had to pick one player to run into in a bar, it would be Novak.

jane Says:

nicely said tennis vagabond, thanks for that.

BBB Says:

Very refreshing comment, as usual, TV.

J-Kath Says:

Jamie Murray and Jo Konta now playing Mixed Doubles.

Khb Says:

He was never that tough and angry enough to win. He felt like the Slam poster boy. No time to stop criticism.
He looked like he was just happy and bluffed his way through an 8 minute service game.

You don’t gain fans & friends by being sweet in a bar, especially if you’re not the arrogant Swiss or Nadal.
He was the ‘joking impressionist’. Not to be taken seriously until the U.S. Open 2011 semi.

Backhanded Compliments to him just look awkward if he hears them now.
If he had talked out loud about how bad he felt on the practice courts, the media & fedal fanboys would say he was a horrific, disgraceful desperately needy wimpy liar, just like old 2008 times. Ironic indeed.

skeezer Says:

Ever heard of a chip on your shoulder?
You have a boulder. Must be tough to be so jealous of the swiss GOAT.
Hope ya feel better get well soon.

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