Photos: 2016 Rio Olympics: World No.1 Tennis player Novak Djokovic cries after he’s eliminated by Argentina’s Juan Martin in 1st round
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The World number one male Tennis player Novak Djokovic was left
in tears as he was shockingly eliminated in the first round of Rio
Olympics by a determinedÂ Juan Martin del Potro who beat
him 7-6 7-6 .
Novak representing Serbia was shocked by
Argentinaâ€™s Del Potro, who had spent 40 minutes
stuck in an elevator in the athletesâ€™ village
earlier on Sunday.
Djokovicâ€™s shock loss also comes on a day
when Serena Williams and Venus Williams, reigning Olympic
champions, suffered their first ever defeat at the Games in 16
â€œThis is one of the toughest losses in my
career,â€ said Djokovic, who was chasing a first Olympic
â€œDelpo was the better player and he deserved
to win. Thatâ€™s sport,â€ Djokovic told
â€œIn the decisive moments, he just came up with
some extraordinary tennis and I have to congratulate him.
â€œItâ€™s very sad and
disappointing to go out of the tournament this early but I am glad
that a good friend of mine, who has struggled with injuries, has
â€œItâ€™s one of the toughest
losses in my life and career. The wounds are still
For Del Potro, this was the sort of night he must have doubted
he would ever experience, who cried as he hugged Novak.
Â â€œIt was an amazing match for
me,â€ he said.
â€œI didnâ€™t expect to beat
Novak tonight because I
know my situation, I know my problems with my backhand and my
wrist, but I played an amazing match, my forehand worked very
great, my serve was okay and the atmosphere was great too.
â€œHe is a friend on tour,â€ said
Del Potro of Novak. â€œHe is a great champion. He
is a great person, he told me really kind words in the end and I
appreciated it a lot.â€