Just like that, it’s over.
Novak Djokovic’s run in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games ended in the blink of an eye, as the world No. 1 lost in the singles and doubles competitions in consecutive days. On Sunday, the world No. 1 was stunned by Juan Martin del Potro, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), in the first round. Then on Monday, Djokovic and teammate Nenad Zimonjic fell to Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, 6-4, 6-4.
After that defeat, the 12-time Grand Slam champion announced that he will not play mixed doubles for Serbia in Rio.
Djokovic will reportedly skip next week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, the only Masters 1000 tournament that he hasn’t won. The next event he’ll play will be the U.S. Open, the fourth and final major of the year. He’s won the title in Flushing Meadows twice.