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NOVAK DJOKOVIC Wimbledon 2021

‘I feel sorry for Novak Djokovic – he deserves Olympic medal’, says Kei Nishikori

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Kei Nishikori revealed he expected Novak Djokovic to claim the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, and admitted he feels “a bit sorry” for the Serbian.

The 31-year-old believes the world number one “definitely deserves a medal the most” currently as a result of his superb results this season.

Djokovic dismantled Nishikori 6-2, 6-0 in the quarter-finals of the Olympics last week, before he was beaten by eventual champion Alexander Zverev in a three-set semi-final.

The 20-time major champion then lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in a gruelling three-set bronze medal match, before withdrawing from his mixed doubles bronze medal match with injury.

“Expected Djokovic would win [the gold medal], but he went off from in the middle [of the match against Zverev],” the Japanese said in a press conference.

“Sashca [Zverev] was next to him, so it was natural he won gold. Feel a bit sorry for Djokovic, he definitely deserves a medal the most at the moment – [he] has had unbelievable results.”

Nishikori has continued his improved form at the Citi Open in Washington this week – where he will face Mackenzie McDonald in the last four today.


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