Colossal match of Pablo Carreño to hang the bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, against a Novak Djokovic who despite pushing the Spaniard to the limit, could not defeat his rival, who has signed one of the best matches of his career. The Asturian won the world number one in three eternal sets, by 6-4, 6-7 and 6-3 and will be on the Olympic podium.
Carreño did not take long to get a first set on track in which his rival looked very tired, accusing the three games he has played in the last 24 hours. He achieved the break in the fifth game and then he knew how to maintain his serve correctly to win the first set without great complications.
The second set had nothing to do with Cooler and safer Djokovic with his services, ending more than one blank game. However, Carreño did not yield either and the tie-break It was inevitable.
Although the tiebreaker started with a mini-break for the Spanish, the number one responded with three points in a row that later managed to balance the already bronze medal of Tokyo 2020. Carreño had the match ball, but Djokovic saved her and responded by closing the set with her serve and tying the match.
Far from falling apart the one from Gijón took revenge by breaking the first serve that Djokovic had in the third set. From there, Carreño knew how to dose until he reached his final serve in which the game could be decided. After several equal and advantages, with five more medal balls for the Spanish, Carreño managed to close the match to achieve a epic bronze.
A BRONZE THAT TASKS OF GOLD 🥉
PABLO CARREÑO CONQUERS A HISTORICAL MEDAL BEFORE NUMBER ONE! 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸
– Eurosport.es (@Eurosport_ES) July 31, 2021
Pablo Carreño’s medal is the fifth medal of the Spanish delegation in Tokyo 2020, after the gold of the mixed Olympic pit team made up of Alberto Fernández and Fátima Gálvez, the silver of the taekwondo player Adriana Cerezo and the kayaker Maialen Chourraut, and the bronze of the ‘biker’ David Valero.
Carreño also added the thirteenth medal for Spanish tennis in the Olympic Games, in which the ‘Armada’ has achieved 2 golds, those of Rafa Nadal in Beijing 2008 and that of Nadal and Marc López in doubles in Rio de Janeiro 2016, 7 silver and four bronzes, with that of the Asturian tennis player at Tokyo 2020.
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