Novak Djokovic during his Olympic semifinal defeat to Germany's Alexander Zverev.
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  • Novak Djokovic's dream of winning a so-called "Golden Slam" is dead.
  • The Serbian tennis star lost in the Olympic semifinals to Germany's Alexander Zverev on Friday.
  • Defeat means that Djokovic can't win all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold in 2021.
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Tennis' world number one Novak Djokovic was dumped out of the Olympic tournament in the semifinals on Friday, ending his bid for a so-called "Golden Slam" in 2021.

Djokovic lost two sets to one to Germany's Alexander Zverev, who reaches the final in his first Olympic Games.

Defeat means that Djokovic can no longer complete the "Golden Slam," the name given to winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.

No male player has ever achieved the feat, but Djokovic looked set to do so coming into the games, winning the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon in dominant fashion.

It was not to be, however, with Djokovic falling at the penultimate hurdle, thanks in large part to a blistering display from Zverev.

Djokovic took an early lead in the match with a commanding first set, beating the German 6-1 with ease. After the first set it looked like the Serbian was set for a trademark dominant performance to make the finals. Zverev had other ideas, however, fighting back to take the second set 6-3 in the sweltering heat of a Tokyo evening.

In the third set, Zverev did to Djokovic what Djokovic had done to him an hour earlier, bludgeoning the world number one to secure a 6-1 final set victory and a place in the final against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee.

After the match, an emotional Zverev appeared to apologise to Djokovic for ending his dream of a "Golden Slam," telling his felled rival at the net: "You're one of the greatest of all time. I'm sorry for this."

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