We have not waited too long to see the first big sensation in the tennis tournament at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
No words can describe how Novak felt after the match, as he left the central court with tears in his eyes. No one really expected that Novak would exit the tournament this early. After winning in tennis almost every trophy there is to win, Novak highly anticipated the Olympic Games as he was hoping to win his first Olympic medal.
In two sets, 7:6 and 7:6, and after nearly 2 and a half hours of action Del Potro, currently the 141st ranked player on the ATP list, managed to keep his nerves all the way and set the biggest upset so far. Del Potro, who struggled with wrist injuries for several years, causing him to dramatically slow down his development and losing his spot among the top tennis players in the World, was once again the one who stopped Novak Djokovic on his quest for his first Olympic medal.
Back in 2012, during the Olympics in London, Del Potro defeated Novak Djokovic in the Bronze medal match. Four years later he proved to be too much once again for Djokovic. Delpo simply played a perfect tennis match, maybe the best of his career, against the best tennis player in the World, and he simply deserved the respect and a bow down.
Even Djokovic noted after the match that Delpo played much better in the crucial moments and that he has absolutely deserved the win. This was the 15th duel between the two, and Del Potro only came out as a winner in four matches. His fourth will probably be his sweetest one.
Novak congratulated Del Potro as a true champion after the final point, and later when he spoke to the media, but could not stop the tears and emotions that got the best of him as he was leaving the court.
Del Potro will continue the tournament with a second round clash against the Japans Taro Daniel, while on the other side Novak Djokovic will still have a chance to reach his first Olympic medal, but only in doubles, alongisde his countrymen Nenad Zimonjic.
Words By: Admir Aljic