RIO OLYMPICS - MEN'S SINGLES: Juan Martin del Potro Stuns Novak Djokovic in First Round


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RIO OLYMPICS - MEN'S SINGLES: Juan Martin del Potro Stuns Novak Djokovic in First Round

Inclement weather saw matches on the outside courts being delayed on the second day of the Rio Games. There was however no shortage of excitement despite the delays and there were some interesting results as well that emerged in men’s singles.

Here’s taking a look at the results that came about: Rafael Nadal won without much trouble his first match in Rio.Spanish tennis player has indeed defeated in two sets the Argentinian Federico Delbonis with the final score of 6-2, 6-1.

It was very convincing match for Rafa, who seems to have found the a bit of his tennist and trust. In the next round he will meet the Italian player Andreas Seppi. Andy Murray, who won few weeks ago his third Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon has beaten in two sets Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki.

Great performance for Andy, flagbrearer of Britain team in the opening ceremony, who seems to come in Rio in perfection physical conditions. Serbian Novak Djokovic surprisingly got beaten by friendly Juan Martin Del Potro and will remains without the Olympic medal for at least four more years.

The Argentinean closed the match in two sets 7-6 (4) 7-6 (2). He next faces Joao Sousa who beat Robin Haase. Thomaz Bellucci moved in quite an unexpected – and less favourable – manner into the second round.

The Brazilian’s opponent, German Dustin Brown turned his ankle while approaching the net attempting to hit a volley in the second set and had to retire from the match midway. Earlier Brown had started strongly and had the momentum going in his favour as he won the opening set 6-4.

Russian Andrey Kuznetsov also retired in the third set of his match against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. The Russian had won the first set in a tie-break 7-4, before Bautista Agut won the second set 6-2.

However before the start of the final set, the Russian was forced to forfeit the match with an injury. Rogerio Dutra Silva also bolstered the host’s presence by reaching the second round after defeating Italian Thomas Fabbiano in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-1.

In the match that last 82 minutes, Dutra Silva needed just 30 minutes in the second set to pocket an impressive win. David Ferrer came through in his first round match as well, winning against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-1 in 75 minutes.

Both players had one double fault each and while Ferrer’s first serve percentage was low as compared to Istomin’s 54% to 70%, he won a higher margin of points, 82% to 51%. The Spaniard also had 25 winners to the Uzbek’s nine and 14 unforced errors to Istomin’s 25.

Gilles Muller, flagbearer of Luxembourg reached the second round after winning in three sets against the Polish player Jerzy Janowicz, who fails to emerge from a long negative period that goes on since the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2013.

It is instead arrived a defeat in three sets for Victor Estrella, who was beaten by Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini, who flies to to the second round where he will meet the winner of the match between Paire and Rosol.

They have came important and convincing victories for the other Italian Paolo Lorenzi, who comes from a very positive period, against the tennis player of Taipei Lu, and also for the Belgian player David Goffin, who defeated Autralian tennis player Sam Groth.

The two winners will face in the second round, respectively Bautista and Sela. World number 32 Benoit Paire also made progress into next round as he beat Lukas Rosol, 81st-ranked, in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Also, Radu Albot is through to the following stage after creating a comeback against Teymuraz Gabashvili 4-6, 6-4 6-4. Paire next faces Fabio Fognini, Albot is set to meet Marin Cilic next.

In a three set match, Pablo Cuevas managed to get better off Nikoloz Basilashvili with 6-3 6-7 (8) 6-3 victory and will next face Thomaz Bellucci. Brief Scores Summary Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) beat Dustin Brown (Germany) 4-6 5-4 (Brown retired)
[10]Roberto Bautista-Agut (Spain) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 6-7(4) 6-2 (Kuznetsov retired)
Rogerio Dutra Da Silva (Brazil) beat Thomas Fabbiano (Italy) 7-6(4) 6-1
[7]David Ferrer (Spain) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 6-2 6-1
Gilles Muller (Luxemburg) beat Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 5-7 6-1 7-6(10)
Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic) 2-6 7-6(4) 6-0
[2]Andy Murray (Great Britain) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-3 6-2
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat [1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 7-6 (4) 7-6 (2)
Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-1 7-5
[3]Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 6-2 6-1
Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) beat Yen-Hsun Lu (Taipei) 3-6 6-3 6-4
[8]David Goffin (Belgium) beat Sam Groth (Australia) 6-4 6-2
[16] Benoit Paire (France) beat Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-3 6-4
Radu Albot (Moldavia) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-4
[11] Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-3 6-7 (8) 6-3 Also Read Why the Olympics are still Relevant?