Djokovic beaten by Del Potro in first round

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TOP seed No­vak Djokovic was beaten in the first round of the Olympic men’s sin­gles by Juan Martin del Potro.tro.

The Serb, who lost to Del Potro in the bronze-medal play-offff at London 2012, was again over­pow­ered by the Ar­gen­tine,gen­tine, who won 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2).

The world num­ber one, 29, was in tears as he left the cour­turt after the match, which lasted two and a half hours.

“This is one of the tough­est losses in my ca­reer,” said Djokovic, who was try­ing to win his first Olympicpic ti­tle.

Djokovick­ovic be­came the first man for 47 years to hold all fou­rur Grand Slam ti­tles by win­ning the French Open in June.

He suf­fered a shock third-round loss to Amer­i­can Sam Quer­rey at Wim­ble­don but won his 30th Master­srs ti­tle in Toronto last week.

“It’s not easy to han­dle, es­pe­cially now, just after the wound­sounds are still fresh,” he added after fail­ing to im­proveve on the bronze he won at the 2008 Olympics.

“Butt you have to deal with it. It’s not the first or the lastst time that I have lost a ten­nis match. But the Olympicpic Games, yeah, it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent.”

Del Potro will face Por­tu­gal’s Joao Sousa in the sec­ond­cond round on Mon­day.

The 27-year-old, a for­mer US Open win­ner,r, has dropped to 141st in the world after two years of in­jury prob­lems but didd not face a sin­gle break point on his serve against the 12-time Grand Slam cham­pion.

“It was a won­der­ful evening from the be­gin­ning,” said Del Potro.

“After all the ef­fort I’ve put in to get back to play­ing ten­nis, I’ve de­feated the num­ber one. It was a dream night.” — BBC Sport

No­vak Djokovic

Michael Phelps

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