After finishing his Golden Slam quest against Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic even lost bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Although he came back in the second set, he couldn't find a way to beat Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta.
Ultimately, the Serb would once again walk away empty-handed from the men's singles event. Frustrated, Djokovic angrily smashed two of his tennis rackets during the match. Without a doubt, the Serbian world No. 1 who leaves without an individual medal is one of the biggest surprises of the year so far.
For Busta, it was the opposite. Given the magnitude of the victory, Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta won many fans in one day. Shortly after, even the official Twitter account of the Olympic Games published the photo of the Spaniard with the medal.
Without a doubt, it is one of the proudest moments of his professional career. Then many other prominent entities flocked to appreciate the spectacle created by Carreño Busta, including the Valencia Basketball Team. He will now join the podium with the men's singles finalists, Germany's Alexander Zverev and Russia's Karen Khachanov.
Unquestionably, the wishes of the Spanish nation, and more significantly Rafael Nadal, will also be fulfilled soon. But for now, Pablo Carreño Busta would be on cloud 9 after this incredible victory. Along with the victory, Pablo also took advantage of Djokovic's opportunity to win an Olympic medal since 2008.
Surprisingly, the Serbian also withdrew from the mixed doubles semifinals, citing a right shoulder injury.
Djokovic was physically and mentally exhausted
World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently lost back-to-back matches at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Chasing his Calendar Golden Slam this year, the Serbian not only failed to win the Olympic Gold but returned home without a medal. In a recent interview, Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, revealed that he advised his son not to go to Tokyo.
He even shared the message he wrote to Nole before traveling for the Olympic Games. “If my opinion means something to you, I don’t think you should go to Tokyo. It’s a long way, there are no spectators, you would have to quarantine again.
It’s just not the Olympics without spectators. Dad loves you,” mentioned Srdjan in the message. “Of course your opinion matters to me, Dad. I wanted to take three or four days to feel how my body was. I always recover quickly, so it’s not a big deal.
Patriotism is very strong in my heart and in my head, Dad. You know me, when it comes to Serbia, I cry there and I don’t turn around,” replied the 20-time Grand Slam champion.