“Played a Brutal Tournament”: Two-Time NBA Champion and Others React to Pablo Carreno Busta’s Win Over Novak Djokovic

Published 07/31/2021, 7:10 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Pablo Carreno of Spain shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning his bronze medal match REUTERS/Edgar Su


After ending the Golden Slam quest against Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic even lost the bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Although he made a comeback in the second set, he couldn’t find a way past the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. Ultimately, the Serbian would yet again go empty-handed from the men’s singles event.

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Frustrated, Djokovic angrily broke two of his tennis racquets during the match. Undoubtedly, the Serbian World No.1 leaving without an individual medal is one of the year’s biggest shocks so far. For Busta, it was just the opposite.

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Twitter reacts to Pablo Carreno Busta’s win over Novak Djokovic

Given the scale of the win, Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta won a lot of admirers in one day. Notably, the two-time NBA champion from Spain Pau Gasol congratulated him over the win.

Pau wrote, “Big Pablooooooooooo! You have played a brutal tournament !!! We are very proud of you!!! Congratulations on this great bronze medal.”

(Quotes translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate).

Soon after, even the Olympics official Twitter account posted the Spaniard’s picture with the medal. Undoubtedly, it is one of the proudest moments of his professional career.

Following that, many other notable entities crowded to appreciate the spectacle created by Carreno Busta, including the Valencia Basketball Team. He will now join the podium with men’s singles finalists German Alexander Zverev and Russian Karen Khachanov.

Inarguably, wishes from the Spanish nation, and most significantly from Rafael Nadal, are also soon due. But for now, Pablo Carreno Busta would be on cloud 9 after this incredible win.

Along with the win, Pablo also snapped Djokovic‘s chance to win an Olympic medal since 2008. Shockingly, the Serbian also withdrew from the mixed doubles semifinals, citing a right shoulder injury.

Thus, while the Spaniard will take home the bronze, the 20-time Grand Slam champion would go empty-handed.

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What’s next for Carreno Busta in 2021?

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With third place in Tokyo Olympics, Carreno Busta will be hot and fierce as he starts the US Open Series. Accordingly, Djokovic would be aiming to complete his 2021 Calendar Grand Slam in New York.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar

Furthermore, Carreno Busta would be ecstatic to bring Spain a medal despite the absence of Nadal. Also, it would be interesting to see now whether he can go on to continue a successful run on the ATP Tour ahead.

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All in all, the loss in the Olympics might be heavy on the Serbian. Even so, he can compensate for that by fulfilling one of the incredible tennis feats in New York. The question remains: Will the Tokyo Olympics hamper Djokovic’s chances at the US Open? Only time will tell us that.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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