Novak hasn’t made it to the gold-medal match in Tokyo.
World no.1 Novak Djokovic will compete for a bronze medal on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics as he suffered a 6-1, 3-6, 1-6 semi-final loss to Alexander Zverev.
The fourth-seeded German produced a sensational comeback to reach the men’s singles final.
Novak took the opening set with two breaks of serve and was up a break in the second, before Zverev recovered to clinch a victory in two hours and three minutes.
Match statistics: aces (4-7), double faults (1-1), winners (13-30), unforced errors (16-14), total points won (68-83).
Zverev will meet Karen Khachanov (ROC, 12) in Sunday’s gold medal match. The Russian produced a dominant display to beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3.
Novak will play two bronze-medal matches on Saturday. He and Nina Stojanovic lost their mixed doubles semifinal to Russians Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina 6-7, 5-7.
The Serbian pairing will face John Peers and Ashleigh Barty of Australia.