It has been a dream run for Del Potro at this year’s Olympics in Rio.First it was world no 1 Djokovic and now Rafael Nadal. The Argentine who was a set down came back strongly to clinch the other sets.Now all eyes on him as he takes on this year’s Wimbledon winner Andy Murray.
It was more like a soccer match as fans created a chaos. The Argentine’s were behind their player while the host crowd started supporting Rafael to show their anger towards them.Referee had to interfere as the match got disrupted for 15 minutes. But nothing could stop Del Potro as he showed how to maintain one’s calmness and composure to fight back. The world no 6 was down in the first set as Nadal showed glimpses of his old touch.The break in between gave some space for Del Potro to find his way back.
Potro’s serves and returns were fascinating as he steamrolled past Nadal in the next two sets before reaching the climax.The Argentine crowd started cheering and singing their anthem even before the final game.To everyone’s surprise Nadal came back into the match by the winning two games to take it to the tie-breaker.In the mean time the Brazilians started booing the Argentine crowd by mocking them with their Anthem.
The match was disrupted due to this and officials had to interfere to resume the game.It was pretty nervous as the tiebreaker turned out to be a nail breaker for the fans.Both the superstars gave everything to fight for a place in the final.There were lightening aces,thunderous returns and the classic backhand from both the men.But Del potro had the last laugh as he held his nerve to come out with flying colurs. At the end of the day it was the fans who witnessed an epic match.
Now Del Potro is just one match away from winning his first gold. He takes on the British sensation Andy Murray while Rafael sets up a clash with Nishikori for the Bronze.