Djokovic Loses In Olympic Bronze Match To Carreno Busta, Withdraws From Mixed Bronze
by Staff | July 31st, 2021, 9:20 am

After a “terrible” Friday in Tokyo for Novak Djokovic who saw two chances at a first Olympic gold evaporated, things somehow got even worse on Saturday.

The World No. 1 was faced with a battle for the bronze medal against a hungry Pablo Carreno Busta and the Spaniard came away with the medal with a grinding 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 win in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

The victory was Carreno Busta’s first career medal (he was playing his first Olympics).

“I won Davis Cup, and I’ve gone far in other tournaments, but winning an Olympic medal is indescribable,” an emotional Carreno Busta said. “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.”

For Djokovic, it was his third loss in the last 24 hours and his second loss in three career bronze singles matches. And afterward, he announced he would not play in the mixed doubles bronze with Nina Stojanovic because of his right shoulder.

“I do have a regret for not winning a medal for my country,” Djokovic said to “Opportunities missed both in mixed doubles and in singles. I didn’t deliver yesterday and today the level of tennis dropped, also due to exhaustion mentally and physically.

“I don’t regret coming to the Olympics at all, of course not,” he added. “I believe there is no coincidence in life. Everything happens for a reason.”

So Djokovic leaves Tokyo with no medals after multiple golds were expected. And Stojanovic, who played so well to get to the bronze match, didn’t get a chance to play for her first medal. Djokovic’s next chance will be Paris 2024 on the Roland Garros red clay. He’s be 37.

“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 all – whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much, I left it out on the court.”

Djokovic’s next event could be Cincinnati. He already withdrew from the Canadian Open. With the “Golden Slam” history, the 34-year-old will reset for a run in New York to capture the Calendar Slam.

“The consequences physically hopefully will not create a problem for me for the US Open,” Djokovic said. “That’s something that I am not sure about right now, but I’m not regretting giving it all because at the end of the day, when you play for your country, that’s necessary.”

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17 Comments for Djokovic Loses In Olympic Bronze Match To Carreno Busta, Withdraws From Mixed Bronze

skeezer Says:

Throwing his racket into the stands was a standout moment. Always a clown.
Feel bad for Stojanovic, just wow.
Disappointment he couldn’t get any medal in this weak era.

Giles Says:

This site has become eerily quiet without the faker fans! Of course they have nothing to gloat about now!!

Truthsquad Says:

Just a couple of days earlier, he sanctimoniously criticized fellow athletes like Osaka and Biles.- “Pressure is a privilege,” Djokovic “Without pressure there is no professional sport. If you are aiming to be at the top of the game you better start learning how to deal with pressure. And how to cope with those moments on the court but also off the court, all the expectations.”…and then he succumbs to the pressure, loses his cool, hurls a racket and bails on a teammate, robbing her of a career defining moment.

Djangoo Says:

A walkover injury in a mixed doubles bronze match vs. and skipping Wimbledon and Olympics.

Truth Says:

Fake outrage Fedal fanboys have nothing but fakery.
They can’t live without Djoker because let’s face it, their heroes did nothing except wish for bad weather & injuries to make themselves relevant.

No one was bashing Simone and Osaka. It hurts you that an adult player actually had emotions and did more than mock players and beg for Swiss watch money.
Fed fans have poor memory. Their desperate weeping Fed played pattycakes with the media by mocking Djoker over a breathing problem that was related to Celiac disease.
Celiac disease and COVID Oldvic with 20 Slams won against BagelWimbledonFrauderer and FrenchOpen6straightgameslostdal.

Giles Says:

Thirteen French Open victoriesdal!

chrisford1 Says:

Did not think his playing doubles was smart , given he knew the temperatures were going to be brutal the 1st week.
He thought he could do it, and maybe that is part why he is a champion – he will test his limits. It would have been good if his team could have said no, but it would be like the Brits saying no to Andy if he wanted to play doubles as well as singles (Andy tried, didn’t get as far as Novak did).
As was aside from his 1st round horrible luck facing an in form 100% health Del Potro in 2016, Djokovic has made the semis each time, is tied now with Federer for the most Olympics men’s singles wins. So just one bronze from his 1st outing, nothing else, but a good record.
I wish he had not bailed out of the mixed doubles consolation match. That is a fair ding. He committed, a medal was on the line, a young woman partner wanting to go for a medal, and he claims he had a sore shoulder…..

tenisbebe Says:

Well, he wanted to make tennis history and he did: losing 3 matches in less than 24 hours and withdrawing from a 4th for a current number 1 is just that.

Truth Says:

Who is the true coward? After the weak era, Fed withdrew from Slams due to fear of Djoko.
Nadal withdrew from 2016 French Open because any decent top clay player would’ve shredded him. Now, do you want a fake player that claims to not be obsessed with tennis to be on your team if you need to win Slams? Would you want a one arm servebot to win Slams for you for 10 years after he &
his fanboys cried about old age since he was 29? No one cares about spoiled brats with poor records in Slams. Fedal fanboys pretend they respect other players like Zverev,
We know they’re just Fedal gloryhunters crying about Djoko because their Fedal propaganda was all about pansy fantasies. “Oh no, Rafa is badly hurt! Djoko racket got hurt! My Fed never hurt his racket in a Djoko match!”

Giles Says:

^^^ Butthurt nobody slagging off Fedal. Time for your meds! Idiot!

Giles Says:

Faker beater wins Gold. Well deserved!

Graham Says:

That my friends is yet another reason why Djokovic will never be the GOAT.

Giles Says:

Django. NADAL withdrew from his mixed dubs match due to a wrist injury. He didn’t play a single round of that competition whereas joker played a first round with his partner and later withdrew for no apparent reason. The two situations are completely different.
He deserves to go home without a single medal!

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