Pablo Carreño gets the bronze medal after beating Novak Djokovic, world number one, by a set to two.
The Spanish tennis player had shown his power against Djokovic by beating him in the first set 4-6 and pushing the Serbian tennis player to the limit, leaving one of the most viewed images of the day today.
In the second set Djokovic had managed to add his first set of the match by equaling the Spanish 6-6 and achieving it at the end in the ‘tie break’ of the match. The game was complicated for the Spanish to see how the Serbian was gaining ground.
In the last set, Pablo Carreño managed to recover from the tie and managed to extend the advantage although the Serbian was not going to make it easy by postponing the match point up to three times.
“It is the greatest achievement of my life”
Pablo Carreño spoke at the end of the meeting where he was euphoric to achieve “the greatest achievement of his life.”
“It’s incredible. After yesterday’s defeat, I felt all the support of the people and I had to give it my all again. I have managed to rebuild myself and I have achieved it thanks to you,” explained the Spanish tennis player.
Insured medal in tennis
Tennis is the strong point for the Spanish delegation at the Olympic Games. Spanish tennis players have achieved at least one Olympic medal since 1996, with the exception of London 2012.
On that occasion the silver medals of Sergi Bruguera and Arantxa Sánchez and the bronze medal of the duo of Arantxa Sánchez and Concha Martínez. In Sydney 2000 the Spanish Alex Corretja and Albert Costa won bronze in duos.
At the 2004 Olympic Games, the Spanish delegation won the silver medal thanks to the duo of Concha Martínez and Virginia Ruano. Spain achieved the Olympic gold with Rafa Nadal and the silver medal with Anabel Medina and Virginia Ruano in the 2008 Olympic Games.
The 2016 Rio Olympics also brought a gold medal in tennis from Nadal and Feliciano López.
This gold-flavored bronze joins the Olympic medal table where Spain currently has five Olympic medals.