WATCH: Pable Carreno Busta Fights Back Tears After Winning Bronze Medal Against Novak Djokovic at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 5:29 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Pablo Carreno of Spain reacts after winning his bronze medal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia REUTERS/Mike Segar


Tennis fans, in particular, have been loving the Tokyo Olympics 2020, as the competition has gotten fierce with every outing and players have been battling at their absolute best for the ultimate glory. Undoubtedly, the highlight so far was the semi-final loss of Novak Djokovic. However, not being limited by it, the Serb also played for Bronze against Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta.

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The wounds from last evening’s shocking defeat were still pretty fresh for Novak; so much so, it even showed in his game. Off-balance and out of focus, Novak struggled to find his footing on-court.

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As a result, he was down the first set within an hour’s worth of play. Arguably, the Spaniard wasn’t going to let go of his lead so easily. Playing with his heart on his sleeve, he fought hard in the second set, taking the game to a tie-breaker.

However, what came following in the decider set was an emotional Pablo, in disbelief at what he just pulled off.

Emotional Busta

Ahead of the clash, Pablo Carreño Busta was far from the favorite to edge past the World No. 1. Courtesy of Djokovic’s triumphant season, the odds were against the Spaniard. However, the youngster did not let the pressure get to him and played with a display of his charisma.

A hard-fought game ended after Pablo battled past five match points to win the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Filled with unbelievable contentment, he fell to the ground and burst into tears. 

Pablo’s remarkable performance will surely have won him fans from all over the globe. With relentless attack and tactful mind-games, he made Djokovic run all around the court. Needless to say, this will go down as one of the most memorable games in the history of the Olympics.

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Animated Novak Djokovic

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Despite playing at his absolute best, Pablo Busta whitewashed Djokovic in straight sets. Eventful to say the least, this was the most animated the Serb had been in a while. Refraining to shy away from his feelings, the World No. 1 embraced everything head-on. Not just his dreams of an Olympic medal, but also his racquets were broken and thrown.

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

The chair umpire issued a warning to Novak towards this end of the game; notably, one for smashing his racquet. However, in a rather lenient move from the umpire, Djokoovic was not issued a warning for throwing his racquet into the stand. Pablo questioned the decision and protested the call as more drama continued.

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Regardless, the game eventually found its natural conclusion, as Pablo Carreno Busta won the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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