Djokovic Knocked Out Of Rio Olympics Men Singles, Nadal Progresses, Williams Sisters Shocked

Novak Djokovic have been knocked out of the Rio Olympics in the first round after falling to Martin Del Portro 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2).

Djokovic was knocked out in the first round by Martin Del Portro.
Djokovic was knocked out in the first round by Martin Del Portro.

The unseeded del Potro did not allow Djokovic — the world’s premier returner — a single break point in the match and produced 41 winners (33 with his forehand) to 24 unforced errors: quite a strike rate for someone who was pounding the ball with such aggression.

The mystery was why Djokovic kept hitting to del Potro’s forehand when he pushed forward. Not surprisingly, he paid a heavy price, particularly in the second-set tiebreaker when del Potro nailed consecutive passing shot winners on the stretch to take an early 3-0 lead, which soon became a 5-0 lead and then victory.

Now, he has been beaten in the first round for the first time at any tournament since the Brisbane event in 2009, when he was beaten by Ernests Gulbis. (After getting a first-round bye this year in Monte Carlo, Djokovic was also upset by Jiri Vesely in his opening match.)

 But neither of those two early defeats stung like Sunday night’s, and though Djokovic sportingly gave del Potro a congratulatory and extended hug at the net after his defeat, he was soon sobbing as he walked off the court.“I hit my forehand as hard as I can, and I made a lot of winners, and I served well and my backhand was O.K.,” del Potro said after the game.
It was also a reassuring day for Rafael Nadal, the Spanish star who returned after a two-and-a-half-month layoff because of an injured left wrist. Nadal, with his left wrist taped, defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round.Nadal withdrew from the French Open during the event in May because of his wrist and made it clear that he would not have decided to play so soon if this were not the Olympics. He won the singles gold medal in 2008 but missed the 2012 London Games because of knee problems.

The top seeds in both men’s doubles and women’s doubles were also beaten in the first round on Sunday. Venus and Serena Williams lost for the first time ever at the Olympics, falling by 6-3, 6-4 in the women’s doubles to the Czech team of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova. Pierre-Hugues Hubert and Nicolas Mahut of France were beaten, 7-6 (4), 6-3, by Juan-Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia.

The No. 2 seeds in men’s doubles, Andy and Jamie Murray of Britain, were also upset, losing to Thomaz Bellucci and André Sá of Brazil, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (14).

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