Novak Djokovic trashed a racquet in the third set on his way out of the Tokyo Olympic bronze-medal match as the Serb lost his third match in two days on Saturday.

Pablo Carreno Busta posted a fighting 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 defeat of the world No. 1 to leave Djokovic without a medal a day after his bid for a Golden Slam was blown up by Alexander Zverev.

The German will play on Sunday for the gold medal against Russian Karen Khachanov.

PCB backed up his defeat of ATP No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals as he beat world No. 1 Djokovic. 

Spain now owns tennis medals from the last two games after Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez took gold five years ago in the Rio doubles.

Djokovic will head out of Japan with his medal dream in tatters after coming into the Olympics with an 18-match win streak, which had extended to 22 until he ran into Germany’s Zverev in the semis.

PCB needed six match points to lift his medal, with the Spaniard falling to the court with emotion while a stony faced Djokovic pondered what went wrong with his collapsed Olympic effort.

The Olympic debutant Spaniard had a chance to inflict a straight-sets win but was unable to convert on his first match point in the second-set tiebreaker.

He got five other chances in the final set, with Djokovic sending a return wide to take the loss in two and three-quarter hour

The defeat leaves the Serb who has dominated this season with Australian, French and Wimbledon titles, nursing his wounds after his Tokyo takedown.

He lost twice on Friday, in men’s singles and mixed doubles semi-finals before Carreno Busta laid on the third defeat.

Djokovic has already pulled out of the Toronto Masters starting in just over a week.

This is the greatest achievement of my life, it’s an incredible thing,’ Carreno Busta said.

“I was not able to give more – I gave everything.

“When I lost the second set I thought it was  already dead.

“Beating the No. 1 is very hard and after the second set I didn’t know if I could it anymore… but in the end I could.

“This is incredible. I was coming here for a medal, it cost a lot, but I got it.”

Main photo:- Pablo Careno Busta winning Bronze in Tokyo ©TokyoOlympics2020


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