a�?Tough times never last, tough people do!a�?
Argentinaa��s Del Potro defeated the top seed player, Novak Djokovic by 7 a�� 6 (7 a�� 4), 7 a�� 6 (7 a�� 2). This victory surprised many, as Del Potro was down with some serious wrist injuries and it was assumed that the Argentine would take an early retirement. But the hunger and determination to get back on the court shows the real character of the player. Coming from such a difficult scenario and beating one of the best in the business is not an easy thing to do.
Del Potro had also defeated Djokovic in the Bronze medal match at London Olympics. But this win was a much more special one as he had managed to prevent an early exit from the game and had walked on the court after having three major surgeries. The first surgery was done in 2010, followed by two more in 2014 and 2015 when he participated only in six events. The 27 year old is ranked 145th who was once the 4th rank holder in the year 2010.
His miseries continued on the match day as well when he was stuck in an elevator for about 40 minutes, before some help arrived in the form of an Argentine Handball team. This bizarre start to the day did not affect his game as he went on to win the encounter. Del Potro will play Joao Sousa in the second round.
a�?Ita��s very sad and disappointing to go out of the tournament so early but it feels great to see my friend doing justice to his talent after some difficult yearsa�? Said Novak Djokovic.
The atmosphere and the support at the match for both the players made them very emotional and both could not stop their tears.
On the other hand, some sad news for Venus Williams. The four time gold medalist lost her 1st round in the singles category against Lucie Safarova, followed by her first ever doublea��s defeat after 15 successive victories alongside her sister Serena Williams.