Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta downs Novak Djokovic to take bronze
Pablo Carreno Busta caused yet another shock at the Tokyo Olympics after beating Novak Djokovic in three sets to take the bronze medal.
The Spaniard, who was the clear underdog coming into the bronze medal match, defeated the world number one 6-4 6-7 6-3 in two hours and 49 minutes.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion saw his hopes of a Golden Slam crushed by German star Alexander Zverev on Friday, before Carreno Busta compounded Djokovic’s misery by ending his bid for bronze.
The pair were separated by one break in the opener, before Djokovic earned the crucial break leading 7-6 in the second set tie-break to force a decider.
The World No. 11 then raced into a 3-0 lead, which caused Djokovic to smash his racquet against the net, before Carreno Busta finally ended proceedings with his sixth match point.
Carreno Busta is the first Spaniard to win a medal in the men’s singles since Rafael Nadal won gold in Beijing in 2008 and just the fourth Spaniard of all time to win the men’s singles event.
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