Monday, August 6, 2012
Juan Martin del Potro won the bronze at the London Olympic with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic.
Nole had several opportunities to break in the first set but he was not able to convert and at 5-5 Juan Martin was the one who broke to lead.
In the second set, the Argentine broke early and served to wrap up the win in an hour and 48 minutes.
"I know everybody in Argentina was following this match, trying to give me the power to play my best tennis. I really appreciated that. I think this gift is for all our country," said Delpo.
"I'm the most happy man in the world at this moment. After a really sad day two days ago, it's not easy to recover and to play these kind of matches. But I had energy in my body, in my heart, and that helped me face this big challenge," he added.
In the semifinals, Del Potro lost 19-17 in the 5th set to Roger Federer in an amazing tennis match.
"I came out and I saw Juan Martin. I said, 'Wow. Great effort. I'm so happy for you after the brutal loss'," Federer, who took silver after losing the final to Andy Murray, said of the moment he realised who had won the bronze.
"I don't think many were favoring Juan Martin to win that match. That was a great, great effort."