In a loss to Pablo Carreno Busta, Novak Djokovic misses out on Olympic bronze.
Novak Djokovic loses his bid for Olympic bronze to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Novak Djokovic hopes to continue his pursuit for the â€ Golden Slamâ€TM at the Olympics.
Novak Djokovic was defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in the men’s bronze medal match at Tokyo 2020. After winning three titles in 2021, Djokovic attended this summer’s Olympics with the intention of completing a “Golden Slam.”
A gold medal at Tokyo 2020 appeared to be a fait conclusion as he breezed through his preliminary rounds.
Despite leading by a set and a break, Djokovic was unable to overcome Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
When Zverev advanced to the final, Djokovic was forced to fight for bronze against Carreno Busta.
As Djokovic struggled to find his stride, the Spaniard took a stunning first-set lead.
Djokovic, on the other hand, began to regain his best form in the second set, which went to a tiebreak.
Carreno Busta, on the other hand, seemed in command at times, as if he wasn’t giving anything away.
The 30-year-old had a match-point opportunity in the tiebreak, but Djokovic saved it before winning three consecutive games to force a decider.
With the momentum on his side, Djokovic recognized an opportunity to make his first break of the match in the first game of the third set.
Carreno Busta was clinging to life by a thread as he battled Djokovic’s aggressive style.
However, after failing to break down his opponent’s serve, Djokovic became enraged, flinging his racket into the crowd at one point.
Carreno Busta eventually held his serve and took advantage of Djokovic’s frustration in the next round.
Djokovic was unable to claw his way back into the match after he immediately went out to a 3-0 lead.
Carreno Busta won the match and the bronze medal in the end, but it appeared that the pressure was getting to him at one point.
Djokovic saved four more match points, but Carreno Busta completed the task before collapsing in awe.
Djokovic thanked Carreno Busta at the net with a smile on his face, courteous in loss.
When he competes against Ashleigh Barty and John Peers in the mixed doubles later today, he still has a chance to win a bronze medal.