For different reasons, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have thrown different momentous events for world tennis. Here are the top 10 days after the Ariake Coliseum in the Japanese capital closes.
PABLO CARREÑO BUSTA BECOMES THE SECOND PLAYER TO BEAT THE WORLD’S NUMBER 1 AND 2 IN THE SAME OLYMPIC EVENT
The Spanish defeated in the match for the bronze Novak Djokovic (1st) and previously, in the quarterfinals, he had eliminated Russian Daniil Medvedev. The only one who ever achieved this was Andy Murray, who in London 2012 beat Nole in the semis (at that time it was 2) and in the final a Roger Federer, leader of the ranking, to take the Gold.
AUSTRALIA TAKES A MEDAL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004
Ashleigh Barty and John Peers they stayed with the Bronze in the mixed double and raised their country on the podium after 16 years. The last to do so had been Alice Molik, owner of third place in Athens 2004.
FEDERER AND DJOKOVIC, EQUAL IN AMOUNT OF WINS AT JJ.OO.
The Swiss and the Serbian accumulate 13 successes in this contest and top the statistics. Interestingly, neither of them was able to win a Gold medal in singles. Best result of both: His Majesty, Silver in London 2012. Nole, Bronze in Beijing 2008.
UKRAINE WINS ITS FIRST MEDAL
Elina Svitolina defeated the Kazakh Elena Rybakina in a great match and he won the bronze medal to place his country in the history of this contest.
FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A row, TWO COUPLES FROM THE SAME COUNTRY DISPUTE THE MIXED DOUBLES FINAL
The representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee, Elena Vesnina / Aslan Karatsev and Anastasia Pavluychenkova / Andrey Rublev, they will face each other tomorrow in search of Gold. In Rio 2016, the definition was 100% American: the duo Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Jack Sock won against Venus Williams / Rajeev Ram.
NEW ZEALAND DEBUTS IN THE TENNIS MEDALLION
Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus won the Bronze in Tokyo and the oceanic country, of little tradition in sport, stands with its first medal in history.
CZECH REPUBLIC EXCEEDS 10 MEDALS
Marekta Vondrousova (Silver in Tokyo) and the duo Barbora Krejcikova / Katerina Siniakova (Gold or Silver) bring to 11 the number of medals obtained by the European country since Seoul 1988. The other Czech tennis players who have earned a place on the podium are Miroslav Mecir, Jana Novotna, Helena Sukova, Milan Šrejber, Petra Kvitova, Lucie Hradecka, Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strickova.
OTHER OLYMPIC GAMES WITHOUT LOCATIONS ON THE PODIUM
For the second time in a row, the host country does not win medals in tennis; neither Japan nor Brazil (in Rio 2016) have stood out. The last to win at home were Andy Murray (Gold Singles) and Heather Watson (Silver Mixed with Andy) at London 2012.
FIRST SINGLES PRESEA FOR SPAIN IN 13 YEARS
Carreño Busta was left with the Bronze and renews the singles medal table for the Iberians in Tokyo. The last one had been Rafael Nadal, with the Gold Award, in Beijing 2008
BRAZIL SCORES ITS FIRST MEDAL
After saving four match poins Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani, that they had played together for the last time two years ago, they got the Bronze and Brazil enlarges the list of Latin American countries with at least one Olympic podium. The rest? Argentina, Chile and Puerto Rico.