The FINAL match of the tennis tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro showcased an extremely exciting clash between the defending Olympic GOLD medalist, Andy Murray (Great Britain), and the 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist, Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina).
Andy Murray, who defeated Viktor Troicki, Juan Monaco, Fabio Fognini, Steve Johnson and Kei Nishikori on his road to the Finals, became the first tennis player who defended the GOLD medal. Namely, 4 yours ago, Murray defeated Roger Federer in the final match of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Now, the Scot has managed to defend the GOLD medal, defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the final match of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with 5:7, 6:4, 2:6, 5:7!!!
On the other side, Del Potro, who earned some sympathies ever since he defeated Novak Djokovic in the first round, was unable to overcome the last obstacle on his way to make a true sensation. The 141st currently ranked player on the ATP list, Del Potro, was slowly losing his energy as the game was progressing, which was especially noticeable at the end of the fourth set. Unable to do much against the much fresher and relaxed Scot, Del Potro lost his concentration serving for 2:2 in the fourth set, but was unable to close the set in his favor, giving Murray the opportunity to recover fully and win the decisive break, and the match overall, after 4 hours and 3 minutes of action.
Del Potro was simply exhausted in this match after playing Rafael Nadal a day earlier in the Semi-Final match which lasted for 3 hours and 10 minutes, and the day before that he defeated Bautista after 2 hours and 12 minutes. Considering the fact that Del Potro has been close to retirement after consistent wrist injuries which caused him to miss months of tennis and see a drastic decline on the ATP rankings, he can be more than happy with the Silver medal.
Despite the many unexpected early defeats of the Top ranked players in both, the men and women group, the Olympic tennis tournament has provided great tennis, couple of surprising results, but most importantly, a lot of excitement and enjoyment.
Words By: Admir Aljic