Novak Djokovic shocked by "tough" Olympics defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro

The Olympics clearly matter to Novak Djokovic who shed tears as he crashed out of Rio 2016 after a first-round defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro.

Suffice it to say, Djokovic should probably avoid any Olympics match in his future-assuming he has another one in him-if he knows del Potro is in his draw.

After winning the US Open in 2009, del Potro hasn't been consistent on the ATP tour because of injuries. It was a rematch of the London 2012 Games bronze medal match - which del Potro won.

Prior to that defeat, Djokovic had become he first man to win four straight grand slam titles since 1969 when he won the French open in May.

Del Potro is set to face Portugal's Joao Sousa in the second round of Olympics competitions. 7-6 (2) defeat here means that the Olympic singles title elude for at least four more years.

When the draw was conducted on Thursday morning (Rio time), he ended up drawing the most risky unseeded opponent in the form of Juan Martin del Potro, whose ranking had improved to 145th.

Handball player Fede Pizarro tweeted out a photo of he and another teammate with Del Potro after the rescue.

"This victory is bigger than last time because I know how tough it was to come back from three surgeries", he said, "Tonight I played one of the best matches of my career". It's not easy to handle especially now just after the match, the wounds are still fresh, but you got to deal with it. The Argentine, who's scheduled to play 14.00 PM local time, observed, 'Pain is still there, if you see the stats I didn't make backhand winners, but I will try to regain energy.

After warmly congratulating Del Potro at the net, he left the court in tears after failing to improve on the bronze medal he won at Beijing 2008.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer and Andy Murray also advanced, while Australia's John Millman made history by becoming the first man in Olympic tennis history to win with a double bagel, doing so against Ricardis Berankis. The Argentine, who earlier in the day spent 40 minutes stuck in a lift at the athletes' village, said: "I felt once again I had the capability to play against the best in the world".

After losing out in the women's singles to Kirsten Flipkens, Venus Williams lost out in the doubles with sister Serena.

  • Jon Douglas