Did mixed doubles cost Djokovic olympic gold?

While watching the Djokovic/Zverev match, all I could think about was Djokovic on the mixed doubles court sprinting down balls while Zverev was either at the spa or on court practicing for the semis. Playing mixed at the Olympics may be the worst decision of his career. He clearly over-estimated his form and fitness to think he could win both.
 
Yeah it didn’t help obviously. Novak probably should have just focused on singles but still it might not have mattered too much. Zverev was just the better player on the day.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
While watching the Djokovic/Zverev match, all I could think about was Djokovic on the mixed doubles court sprinting down balls while Zverev was either at the spa or on court practicing for the semis. Playing mixed at the Olympics may be the worst decision of his career. He clearly over-estimated his form and fitness to think he could win both.
do you honestly think novak cares about Gold medal when he has mixed doubles to win with super hot babe ?

 

fox

Semi-Pro
Oh excuses again.
Before the OG everyone was so sure he will win gold and Golden slam. And now he got outplayed by Zverev heavily so let’s change the subject and say we was tired. But he wasn’t tired he just had no answers to Zverev best and it’s not even the first time.
 

TripleATeam

G.O.A.T.
I didn't watch, but from what I've heard it doesn't seem like Novak's physicality was shot, it was mental. I think winning such matches in mixed was a confidence boost, and clearly the way he was breezing through the draw in both tournaments was indicative of being match-fit and plenty of energy.

I don't think it would suddenly bite him against Zed. I think Novak saw the (arguable) best of the Next Gen across the net, and pretty much the final person in his way to getting a gold medal. Then the pressure got to him.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
The Serbian team was completely against it, but Novak wanted to play. You probably can't fault him for wanting to bring home a gold medal to Serbia. The comments below from Serbian Davis Cup captain Troicki are interesting:

“I was against him playing mixed doubles. The whole team was against it. It was just him, he wanted to play. I thought he had enough of tennis the last months. Really, he played so much. Everyone was thinking about the singles. When he said he wanted to play mixed, I was like, ‘OK, if it means that much to him and he wants to prove that he’s ready and in the mixed matches he’s giving everything, he’s 100% focused on going all the way, then OK.'"

https://apnews.com/article/2020-tok...olympic-team-d8adc9ab856e0bc777ec323ac019b411
 

Jonesy

Hall of Fame
I don't think it affected, he was bound to collapse sooner or later, with or without mixed doubles involved. He needs to use this experience to rest well before USO.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Yet he seemed to be on top form, cruising through each of his matches with ease, never dropping a set. Even against Zverev he took the 1st set easily and was up a break in the 2nd and looked as unstoppable as ever so what the heck happened?

It's hard not to think there is some kind of jinx working against him whenever he plays the Olympics. 4 appearances, 4 losses with 3 of them at the semi-final stage! Who honestly would have bet against him not bringing home the gold on Sunday???

Only question remaining is whether he will let it affect his 2 bronze medal play-offs tomorrow. I hope, at least for Stojanovic's sake, he gives it his best shot in the mixed doubles.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
Maybe it played a small factor, but I don't think it was huge. He didn't even spend all that much time on court. It's probably more an issue of him being more prone to lapses as he ages, and the BO3 format not giving him as much room to recover from slip ups
 

ibbi

Legend
You don't do too much sprinting in doubles, tbh:p Mentally maybe it split his brain some, but it's the Olympics, he's hyper competitive, and it matters to him. The dude wants to win, and obviously thought he was capable.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
Yet he seemed to be on top form, cruising through each of his matches with ease, never dropping a set. Even against Zverev he took the 1st set easily and was up a break in the 2nd and looked as unstoppable as ever so what the heck happened?

It's hard not to think there is some kind of jinx working against him whenever he plays the Olympics. 4 appearances, 4 losses with 3 of them at the semi-final stage! Who honestly would have bet against him not bringing home the gold on Sunday???

Only question remaining is whether he will let it affect his 2 bronze medal play-offs tomorrow. I hope, at least for Stojanovic's sake, he gives it his best shot in the mixed doubles.
You're missing a loss somewhere.
 

ibbi

Legend
Only question remaining is whether he will let it affect his 2 bronze medal play-offs tomorrow. I hope, at least for Stojanovic's sake, he gives it his best shot in the mixed doubles.
She's the one letting the team down, not him. I know she's like a pretty good dubz player, but on the evidence of the matches I've seen he should have gotten Zimonjic out of mothballs or something and just gone for the mens.
 

OldBalls

Semi-Pro
Novak came out tired and as the match went on this worsened to the point he couldnt hold serve. Zverev had break points in novaks first two service games, he really had to dig deep in that first set and he had little left for the remainder of the match. Zverev played very well, however.

Nina needs to take some responsibility here. She shouldve identified the significance of this OG given the year novaks had and pulled the plug. Ah well.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
It was definitely super dumb of him but he has a penchant for making some super dumb decisions so it is what it is.
 

Pandaman

Rookie
As much as I didn't want him to play, no, I don't think so. Your first serve doesn't disappear all of the sudden up 6-1, 3-2 and a break because you played mixed doubles. Zverev also started hitting harder and all of his shots were landing in.
 
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