Pablo Carreño Busta has proven his medal…
The 30-year-old Spanish professional tennis player bounced back from a disappointing semifinal defeat by upsetting top-seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 to claim the bronze medal on Saturday at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Carreño Busta, the sixth seed, who defeated World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on the way to the bronze medal match, played aggressively throughout against Djokovic, striking the ball with great power on his groundstrokes. After squandering a match point at 6/5 in the second set tie-break, he raised his level in the third set to record victory in two hours and 49 minutes.
“I won [the] Davis Cup, and I’ve gone far in other tournaments, but winning an Olympic medal is indescribable,” Carreño Busta told ITFtennis.com. “I’ve felt the support from Spain, my family and people around me, and have received fond messages from those who saw me lose yesterday. I want to share this medal with all of them.”
Carreno Busta was making his Olympics debut this week and came into the event full of confidence having captured his first ATP 500 trophy at the Hamburg European Open earlier this month. The Spaniard also lifted the Andalucia Open title in Marbella on home soil in April.