Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, one of the world’s strongest tennis players, the current rank leader, surprisingly lost to Juan Martin Del Potro. The dramatic face-off unfolded in Round 1 of the Olympic competition in tennis in Rio, where the Summer Games are underway.
The Telegraph described this as ‘the biggest faller of all’. Indeed it was, especially if one remembers 2012 London Olympics, where Djokovic suffered another bitter defeat in his dash for the Olympic bronze. It was Del Potro who claimed the award, eventually; and now, four years after that, the Serb lost to his principal opponent – and a good friend, outside the tennis court – once again.
‘The world No. 1 managed to fend off heavy pressure during both sets, saving all seven break points that he faced, but he could not prevent Del Potro claiming a pair of tie-breaks for a 7-6, 7-6 victory. Afterwards, both men were in tears as they embraced at the net. Djokovic appeared heartbroken as he left the venue, his overflowing trophy cabinet still missing an Olympic medal of any colour’, reads the article.
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