Tokyo Olympics: Novak Djokovic loses to Pablo Carreno Busta in bronze-medal match

Last update on. From the section Olympics Tokyo Olympic Games on BBC Dates: 23 Jul-8 Aug Time in Tokyo: BST+8. Listen live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra, and Sounds; Live text and video clips available on BBC Sport app and website. Novak Djokovic lost his bid to win an Olympic medal when he threw one and hit another racquets. Alexander Zverev won the gold bid for the Serb on Friday. He defeated him 6-4 6-7 (6-8 6-3) in the bronze-medal match. Djokovic was then forced to withdraw from his bronze-medal mixed doubles match due to injury and left Tokyo empty handed. Carreno Busta was Djokovic’s opponent last year, when the Serb was penalized for hitting a line judge using a ball. When he won his sixth match point, the Spaniard cried out of joy. Zverev faces Russian Karen Khachanov to win singles gold Sunday. Belinda Bencic from Switzerland faces Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the final of the women's singles later Saturday. Djokovic loses his cool as the medal chances slip by Djokovic arrived at the Games in search of a 'Golden Slam,' which is the Olympic gold plus all four Grand Slams. He has already won the Australian Open and French Open this year. These Games, in which Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were not playing, were his best chance at the 'Golden Slam'. His next chance is not until 2024 when he will turn 37. Djokovic saved a match against Carreno Busti in the second set to force an decider. However, his frustrations flared in the third set when he failed break. He threw one racquet in the empty stands and smashed another against the net post. The Spaniard held firm to his victory. Djokovic could have been awarded a second chance at a medal, but he was injured in his shoulder and pulled out of the mixed doubles bronze-medal match. Nina Stojanovic and Djokovic were due to meet Ashleigh Barty and John Peers from Australia.


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