Del Potro’s unforgettable visit to Rio 2016


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Del Potro's unforgettable visit to Rio 2016

Simply unforgettable. This was the way Juan Martín Del Potro went through the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

The Argentine rehearsed his return to the circuit 6 months ago and everything was uncertain. And the doubts were accentuated after the draw: in the first round, who was 145th ATP had to run into World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

In two hours and 27 minutes of play, already a full stadium (unusual for a first round match) he won 7-6 (4) and 7-6 (2).

From there, the wear continued as he beat Joao Sousa (6-3, 1-6 and 6-3) and Taro Daniel (6-7 (4), 6-1 and 6-2) in the following games. . And already in the quarterfinals, tough Roberto Bautista was put in front, who beat 7-5 and 7-6 (4) to secure two medal matches.

In the semifinals, opposite was none other than Rafael Nadal, 5th in the world at that time and Olympic champion in Beijing 2008. In more than 3 hours of play, he was 5-7, 6-4 and 7-6 (5) for the Argentinian.

Already in the final, the greater wear and a potential definition to five sets, made Andy Murray the favorite. And so it was: World No. 2 and champion in London 2012, Andy Murray, won 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 and 7-5 after more than 4 hours.

With that silver, Delpo, visibly excited after each match, became the only Argentine tennis player to obtain more than one Olympic medal, after bronze in 2012.


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