Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Djokovic in straight sets in the bronze medal tennis final, winning Argentina their first medal.
Rain delayed the first set, disrupting Del Potro’s service game, however he did not allow even the weather to prevent him from maintaining his focus or avert him from victory.
Djokovic was by all means playing well, pulling out a strong 10 aces throughout the match and surprising the Argentine with a few slice drop shots but Del Potro did not allow this to side-track him from a chance to break Novak’s serve to take the first set 7-5.
Djokovic claimed the bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games after his victory over American, James Blake and was determined to defend his bronze from his powerful contender.
Del Potro broke Novak’s serve relatively early on in the second set and Novak was unable to break back when presented with six opportunities to do so.
Perhaps in an effort to secure a faster win so as not to allow his fatigue to catch up with him, Del Potro fought hard against the world number two; all the while appearing to remain relatively composed. His motivation was commendable given that only 48 hours ago, he had been enduring the epic marathon semi-final match against current world number one Roger Federer that lasted a record total duration of four hours and 26 minutes; the longest tennis match in Olympic history.
Upon entering the stadium, the odds had seemed to be set against him. After all, it was Del Potro’s first time competing in the Olympics, he had just undergone an exhausting semi-final and he had only ever previously beaten Djokovic on one occasion at the 2011 Davis Cup quarter final whereby Novak was forced to withdraw from the match due to back injury. Yet he proved himself a champion claiming straight sets from the former world number one, triumphing in the second set 6-4.
“I think I’m the most happy of the world at this moment,” Del Potro said.
Originally published at The SportingJournal.