Novak Djokovic throws his racket in frustration after losing the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta.
After losing the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta, Novak Djokovic tosses his racket in disgust.
In the bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta, Novak Djokovic was coming back from a set down.
Novak Djokovic let his frustrations get the best of him in his bronze-medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta. On Saturday, the world No. 1 faced the Spaniard for the bronze medal in singles.
Carreno Busta, on the other hand, got off to the worst start possible, leading by one set.
Despite having a match point opportunity at 6-5, Djokovic forced a tiebreak in the second set, forcing Carreno Busta to play a tiebreak.
Djokovic fought back to take the second set by winning the next three games.
Everything was on the line going into the third set, and Djokovic spotted an opening in the first game.
Carreno Busta was barely hanging on as the game went, and he squandered a great break-point chance.
On the other side, the Spaniard was tenacious in his defense, pushing Djokovic to run all over the court, clearly irritating the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
After Djokovic scrambled across the court, Carreno Busta struck a brilliant drop shot to keep the game at deuce.
Djokovic hurled his racket into the empty stands when he knew he wouldn’t be able to hit the drop shot.
Carreno Busta went on to win the bronze medal after winning three games in a row before maintaining his composure to serve out the match.
Djokovic’s ambitions of winning a ‘Golden Slam’ were shattered by Alexander Zverev in their semi-final match on Friday.
The German tennis player came back from a set and a break down to reach the final.
Djokovic was also unhappy with his performance in the last parts of the match.
“Terrible. “I’m in a foul temper. He admitted, “My game crumbled.”
“I virtually came to a halt and let him take over; my first-serve percentage was low… At this level, there’s also the extra strain of representing your country at an Olympic Games.”
“Look, I didn’t come here fresh; I came here emotionally drained, but motivated, and with a tremendous desire to win a gold medal for my country,” he added.
“At least one of the opportunities will be taken advantage of tomorrow.”