Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta was absolutely delighted with his quarterfinal performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 11 in the world, stunned world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 6-2 7-6 (5) to reach the Tokyo Olympics semifinal and give himself a chance to fight for a medal.
"This was one of the best matches of my career," Carreno Busta declared, per the ITF website. "Daniil is a top player, he is No. 2 in the world and it’s very difficult to play against him. He plays with very high intensity, he plays at a pace that is very difficult to match, but today I managed it.
"I came here for a medal. There are four of us left and there are only three medals so I need one more win to get it. At the moment things are going very well, the plan is going very well. I won't relax and will continue with this intensity."
Carreno Busta delivered a strong performance against Medvedev
The two players were all tied at two games apiece after the opening four games but then Carreno Busta claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and take the opener.
After losing the fhe first set, Medvedev made a positive start to the second set as he broke Carreno Busta in the third game. However, Carreno Busta broke back in the eighth game to ultimately force a tie-break, in which he realized his first match point.
Carreno Busta will plays next against another Russian, Karen Khachanov. "Obviously I’m really happy to first still have another match, another opportunity to keep fighting for the medals," Khachanov said.
"And I’m enjoying playing here at the Olympics for our country. It’s the first Olympics for me and for all the guys – Daniil [Medvedev], Andrey [Rublev] and Aslan [Karatsev]. We all came here, tried to prepare well."