World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was emotional as he left the court on Sunday after Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro knocked him out. He admits failing to obtain an Olympic singles gold is one of the toughest losses in his life and career. Following his exit, 2012 gold medalist Andy Murray becomes the new favorite as he advances in round 1 singles with Rafael Nadal.
Top seed Djokovic was crushed during the first round of the Olympic men’s singles by del Potro, a former US Open winner. He has fallen to 141st in the world because he had to deal injury problems for two years. Now, he was back with vengeance.
Aggressive forehand after ferocious forehand from del Potro caused Djokovic?s 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) setback. Check out Djokovic?s surprising ouster from this Olympics 2016 Men’s tennis live stream on replay.
According to Del Proto, it was a wonderful evening from the beginning. He said defeating the number one was a dream night for him after all his efforts to get back to playing tennis.
Fate has been sweeter for Murray after winning his opening singles match. He beat Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, 6-3 6-2. Murray became the first to grab a back-to back Olympic singles titles.
However, he seemed to get no luck at the Rio 2016 men’s doubles. Brazilian pair Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa beat him and Andy Murray, 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (16-14).
Before Bellucci and Sa finished their win, the Murray were able to save got six match points but wasted five set points.
After eight years, Nadal was back at the Olympics on Sunday to nail a ?6-2, 6-1 win over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.
A loud reaction from the spectators followed after Nadal spanked one down-the-line forehand winner, then threw a big uppercut and shouted, “Vamos.” Nadal was able to play it clean with only 15 unforced errors. Delbonis, on the other, made 31.