Juan Martin del Potro has missed most of the past two years due to injuries. The Rio Olympics have marked an incredible comeback for the Argentine, with him defeating world #1 Novak Djokovic and, now, Rafael Nadal in a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) semi-final thriller today.
Juan Martín del Potro’s years of injuries have dropped his once-top-five ranking down to #141, but the Argentine showed the skills that marked his early career in downing the world’s #1 player, Novak Djokovic, in straight sets—a result that earned del Potro a lovely embrace and some words that brought him to tears.
After the longest men's semi in Wimbledon history—four hours, 43 minutes—top seed Novak Djokovic beat eight-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 for a chance at his second Wimbledon trophy.
So there was Roger Federer, beating Juan Martin del Potro in an insane Olympic semifinal: four hours and 26 minutes. A 19-17 third set. The longest three-set match in the Open era.