Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta was absolutely thrilled and delighted after winning a medal for his country at the Tokyo Olympics. Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 11 in the world, stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 in the bronze medal match.
"This is even more incredible than winning a tournament," beamed Carreno Busta, per the ITF website. "I won Davis Cup, and I’ve gone far in other tournaments, but winning an Olympic medal is indescribable.
"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 kept his focus
Carreno Busta claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
In the second set tie-break, Carreno Busta failed to convert a match point as Djokovic forced a decider. However, Carreno Busta kept his focus as he started the third set with a 3-0 lead and served out for the match in the ninth game.
On the other side, Djokovic was disappointed for failing to win a medal for his country. “I don’t regret coming to the Olympics at all, of course not,” he said. “I believe there is no coincidence in life.
Everything happens for a reason. “I’ve had some heart-breaking losses at the Olympic Games and some big tournaments in my career. I know that those losses have usually made me stronger in every aspect. I know that I will bounce back.
“I will try to keep going for the Paris Olympic Games. I will fight for my country to win medals. I’m sorry that I disappointed a lot of sports fans in my country, but that’s sport. I gave it [my] all - whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much, I left it out on the court”.