SHOCKING: Novak Djokovic Loses Bronze Medal Match Against Pablo Carreno Busta in a Fierce Battle at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 5:05 AM EDT
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/Edgar Su


The Tokyo Olympic Games ends with despair for the World No.1 male tennis player. Novak Djokovic loses out to Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match after a two hours and 47 minute battle. Pablo beat Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

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Djokovic showed his emotions and they clearly got the better of him. However, the Spaniard kept his calm and composure in order to secure the bronze for Spain.

Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta: Set 1

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The first set started with even competition from both ends, as Carreno and Djokovic were at it. However, Pablo Carreno Busta was the first one to win a break point as he broke the Serb’s service in the fifth game. Busta hit the only ace of the first set, as he went on to win the set 6-4.

Pablo Carreno Busta looked a bit hesitant in closing the first set after taking a 4-3 lead. However, he did not allow the World No.1 to break his service. He saved his match points in the 10th game and did not allow Djokovic to convert his break points either. In the end, he came back from 40-15 down to win it 6-4.

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

Djokovic vs Carreno: Set 2

The second set started with equal domination and determination from both players. Djokovic looked tired throughout the set, however did not let Carreno break his service early on. Both players were going all in for each and every point in the hot and humid conditions at the Ariake Tennis Court. Busta made 11 unforced errors in the second set, eventually adding up to his misery.

The second set eventually went to a tiebreak as both players were unable to break service. Carreno played great rallies and made Djokovic run for his money in order to reach the tiebreak. However, Djokovic proved why he is the best tiebreak player in the world. The World No.1 saved a match point and eventually proved his worth by winning it 8-6 in the tiebreak.

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

Djokovic vs Carreno: Set 3

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Pablo started the third set with great confidence as he went up 3-0. He converted his break point in the second game itself. Djokovic was frustrated during the third set and removed his anger on his precious racquets. However, Carreno played beautiful tennis to inch closer towards the bronze medal.

Carreno hot some clean strokes down the line and made Djokovic run from one end to another. He hit the ball cleanly and won the game 6-3 in the end.

The Serbian lost his medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year. Djokovic will head to the US Open with a heavy heart and try to avenge his Olympic losses this month. Carreno follows Rafael Nadal’s footsteps towards winning an Olympic medal.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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