Simply unforgettable. This was the passage of Juan Martín Del Potro through the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
The Argentine was rehearsing 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 with 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 attrition 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, the tough Roberto Bautista was put in front, who he beat 7-5 and 7-6 (4) to secure two games by medal.
In the semifinals, in front 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, it was 5-7, 6-4 and 7-6 (5) for him Argentinian.
Already in the final, the greatest wear and a potential definition to five sets, They made Andy Murray the favorite. And so it was: the No. 2 in the world 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 moved after each game, became the only Argentine tennis player to obtain more than one Olympic medal, after bronze in 2012.