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An emotional Djokovic leaves the court.

Novak Djokovic in tears after early Olympic exit

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24/7

It's been a summer to forget for Novak Djokovic.

Not only was he eliminated in the third-round at Wimbledon by Sam Querrey, he has now been dumped out of the Olympic Games by suffering defeat at the hands of Juan Martin Del Potro.

The Serbian refused to comment on his fitness and health following his shock early exit at Wimbledon earlier in the summer, but he still went ahead and competed in Rio.

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However, it was Del Potro who came out victorious in straight sets, winning 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2).

This defeat comes just several weeks after Djokovic lost to Querrey, ranked 28th in the world, and it's certainly raised concerns about the Serbian's true condition.

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After the shock loss to Del Potro in Rio, Djokovic was in floods of tears, whilst leaving the court to a standing ovation.

The 29-year-old has accomplished nearly all that he can in a tennis career. He's won the Australian Open six times, he's won the French Open once, he's won Wimbledon three times, and he's won the US Open twice.

However, the one thing he wants now is an Olympic gold medal, and sadly for him, he will have to wait at least another four years until he gets another chance at that medal.

Below you can see an emotional Djokovic leaving the court.

Djokovic won bronze back in Beijing 2008, aged just 21, but he hasn't been able to better that since, losing the bronze medal match back at London 2012 to Del Potro, the man that defeated him once again this time around.

Speaking after the game, Djokovic admitted that it is one of the toughest losses of his careers, but was quick to praise his opponent, saying he played some 'extraordinary' tennis.

The gracious Serb said: "In decisive moments, he just came up with some extraordinary tennis. No doubt this is one of the toughest losses in my life and in my career.

"But, you know, you have to deal with it. It's not the first or the last time that I have lost a tennis match but the Olympic Games, it's completely different."

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