Shot at gold: Russian star Karen Khachanov into Tokyo Olympic final after beating Spain’s Carreno Busta
Khachanov brushed past Carreno Busta 6-3 6-3 on Friday to earn a place in the gold medal match, where he will face either Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev.
Seeded 12th, Khachanov avenged the defeat that countryman Daniil Medvedev had suffered to Carreno Busta in the previous round in Tokyo, this time stopping the sixth seed in his tracks.
*Adds 'Olympic Medalist' to tennis resume* ✍️@karenkhachanov keeps up his #Tokyo2020 scintillating form, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-3 to make the men’s singles final and guarantee himself 🥈 or 🥇#Tennis | #Olympics— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 30, 2021
Khachanov, 25, is eyeing what many believe would be an unlikely gold medal after coming through matches with Australia’s James Duckworth, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, and France's Ugo Humbert before his semi-final triumph.
Carreno Busta will contest the bronze medal match against the loser in the meeting between world number one Djokovic and fourth seed Zverev.