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.