Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 ranked males’s tennis participant on the earth, is not chasing a Golden Slam, however he can win an Olympic bronze medal on Saturday.
Djokovic, of Serbia, is enjoying a tricky back-and-forth match towards Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain after each gamers have been eradicated of their semifinals on Friday. They have been each ranked increased than their semifinal opponents, but it will likely be Alexander Zverev of Germany (who beat Djokovic) going through Karen Khachanov of Russia on Sunday for the gold.
Carreño Busta received the primary set, 6-4, after securing an early break of Djokovic’s serve. Djokovic received the second in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (6), by outlasting Carreño Busta in a number of lengthy rallies, together with one that would have given Carreño Busta the set.
Each gamers handled stifling warmth all through the primary two units — 90 levels and humid, even within the shade of middle courtroom — with what felt like the complete drive of the solar bearing down on the hardcourt. By the start of the third set, two hours after their match started, their courtroom was totally within the shade.
Tennis gamers up and down every draw have struggled all through these tournaments to deal with the warmth. Their solely moments of aid on middle courtroom, it appears, come after they sit beneath massive white umbrellas on every changeover, the place they will have a chilly drink and use a big round hose that blows chilly air.
The lads’s match is the primary course in a triple-header on middle courtroom. Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan performs Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a bronze medal, then Belinda Bencic of Switzerland faces Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Saturday night time.