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Djokovic caps awful Olympics by murdering a couple rackets in bronze medal loss

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Novak Djokovic came into these Olympics with a historic
Novak Djokovic came into these Olympics with a historic "Golden Slam" in his sights, but left Tokyo with no medals and two less rackets instead. (Getty)

The absence of fans has made the Tokyo Olympics feel slightly less special than usual.

But for the first time at these Games, we should actually be thankful that there were no bodies in the seats.

The reason? An enormous Novak Djokovic racket toss.

During his bronze medal match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on Saturday, the Serbian lost his cool in the third set and proceeded to launch his racket into the stands.

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And he wasn’t done there, as later in the same set he once again took out his frustration on his tool, smashing it into the ground near the net.

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Carreno Busta would go on to win the third set, taking the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, and bringing home a medal for Spain.

And even though he didn’t even win the tournament, the Spaniard told NBC that “this is the best title of my career.”

Djokovic has been known to have a quick temper in the past and struggling on the Olympic stage clearly brought that out of him once again.

The current world No. 1 came into the Games at the height of the tennis world, winner of the first three ATP majors, the Serbian was looking for the improbable Golden Slam — all four majors and the gold medal in one year.

Instead, he will be leaving the Olympic Games without a medal for the third straight time. After taking bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he also failed to medal in both London and Rio.

He would’ve still had a chance to bring home a bronze medal in mixed doubles, but after his loss to Carreno Busta, Djokovic withdrew from the match with an apparent left shoulder injury.

With his withdrawal, Australia’s Ash Barty and John Peers were awarded the bronze medal without even having to step on the court.

Djokovic will now have some time to regroup before he attempts to take home tennis' coveted Grand Slam when the U.S. Open kicks off on Aug. 30.

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