The match started badly for Djokovic as he had to save 3 break points in the first game to hold serve. Del Potro who denied the Serb a Bronze medal 4 years ago in London was not intimidated by the occasion at all. He started in the best fashion possible, striking heavy ground-strokes and keeping Djokovic off rhythm. Djokovic saved another break point at 4-4 and held serve. The first set went to a breaker. The level of tennis was extraordinary. Del Potro made many net approaches, failed sometimes but kept on the heat. Djokovic was the victim of Del Potro’s forehand passes. In no time, it was 3 set points for the Argentine and he converted on his second. Losing the first set in a breaker to a big hitter is dangerous. Again break point down in the second game, Djokovic didn’t need an alarm to signal the danger. He saved those and his fans breathed a sigh of relief and wanted Del Potro to crack. It wasn’t the day for that to happen.
“He told me I deserved to win”, said Del Potro after the win which he described as “one of the best matches of my career”. The World No.1 left the court in tears, waving to his loyal fans and supporters and shaking his head with disappointment.
Moving on and thinking… Will Djokovic play in Cincinnati? Maybe not. He may be mentally exhausted with the defeat. Will he move on after this surprising loss and just like after Wimbledon, prove everyone wrong or will he be haunted by this loss? Only time will tell but one thing’s for sure. Novak Djokovic has cemented his position among the very best players in the world and also the greats. Will he play in the next Olympics? His fans certainly may hope so. Ironically, he would be 33 by then. Still, the sun will shine bright for the Serb.
Written by Mayank Sharma
A third year Engineering student at Delhi Technological University. An avid tennis fan and a die hard fan of Roger Federer. Loves writing articles on Tennis and developing Web pages.