World number one Novak Djokovic was dumped out of the Olympics in the first round Sunday, losing for the second progressive Games to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
Four years prior in London, the mammoth Del Potro had crushed the Serb in the bronze award match and he rehashed the stun Sunday in a dazzling 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2) triumph.
The 27-year-old Del Potro, whose positioning has drooped to 145 after a progression of wrist operations pushed him to the edge of retirement, began the day by getting stuck in a lift for 40 minutes at the competitors town.
- Juan Martin Del Potro beat Novak Djokovic in rd 1
- Del Potro won in straight sets 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2)
- Djokovic is currently world No. 1
Yet, that disservice did not shake the 2009 US Open champion out of his enormous hitting stride as he stunned the top seed to set up a second-round conflict with Portugal’s Joao Sousa.