It is five years since Juan Martín del Potro struck the huge blow in the first round of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and eliminated none other than Novak Djokovic. An unforgettable moment for Argentine tennis, which found in the Torre de Tandil a dream of a medal that days later would come true.
Nole came to Rio with a thirst for revenge, because he had already been surpassed by the Tandilense in London 2012, a triumph that earned him the bronze medal for Argentina.
And once again, Del Potro struck against the Serbian: after a tight 7-6 (4) and 7-6 (2), Delpo He took a key victory that would serve as a mental boost to later reach the final, in which he fell to Andy Murray.
This moment is also remembered because on few occasions was Djokovic seen crying so disconsolately as after the defeat in Rio. On the Argentine side, a faithful reflection of how he lived the meeting was the statement he gave once it was over: “I wanted to win but I also wanted to continue the game because the night was beautiful”.
That would not be his only resounding victory in this edition, since in the semifinals he also dispatched Rafael Nadal: after having fallen in the first set, he took the victory in three sets and got the ticket to the final.
Thus, the 32-year-old tennis player has two medals: Bronze in London 2012 and Silver in Rio 2016; while the current world No. 1 won the Bronze in Beijing 2018, his only medal so far.