Djokovic denied bronze medal at Olympics with loss
Novak Djokovic (SRB). Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Novak Djokovic denied bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics with loss to Pablo Carreno Busta

Novak Djokovic entered the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looking for a Golden Slam. He'll now leave Japan without a medal. 

The top-ranked Serbian went berserk and abused his racket during a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 loss to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze-medal match of the tennis tournament on Saturday.

Saturday's loss to Busta marked Djokovic's third defeat in two days. It came less than 24 hours after he was beaten by Germany's Alexander Zverev in the singles semifinals. 

Djokovic was supposed to compete for a bronze medal in mixed doubles with Serbian partner Nina Stojanovic, but he withdrew from that match, citing a shoulder injury. The Australian duo of Ash Barty and John Peers were handed the third-place medal. 

The 34-year-old was attempting to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold in the same year. He won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and needed the U.S. Open and Olympic Gold to complete the Golden Slam. 

Steffi Graf is the only tennis player to complete the Golden Slam, doing so in 1988.

Djokovic's only Olympic medal was bronze in singles at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

More must-reads:

Customize Your Newsletter

+

Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.