For some athletes, the Olympics are a once in a lifetime shot for glory. When it comes to Tennis, the Olympic Games are quite unique as there is no extra pressure caused by ranking points or prize money. Instead, a tennis player`s goal is to represent his own country the best way he or she can. In Rio, many top seeded players were sent off in the first rounds. By far, the most shocking result so far was Novak Djokovic being outrun by Juan Martin del Potro in the first round.

If for Djokovic this was a shamefulresult, the Argentine player gained a huge morale burst. The Argentine has a history of bad luck throughout his career. Now, the odds seem to be smiling in his backyard once again. In the past couple of years, he has been mostly kept away from the ATP Tour due to some persistent wrist injuries. In Rio, he dug up quite a recipe to put in the best possible tennis he can produce.

The Olympic run isn`t over

Yesterday, the Argentine player confirmed his form and won the 2nd round match in the men`s singles by beating Joao Sousa, Portugal`s no. 1. It was a tough match as del Potro needed three sets to claim the victory. The Argentine took the opening set 6-3, but the Portuguese did not surrender. Sousa won the 2nd act with ease at 6-1. The decisive act found del Potro pulling the strings and eventually capping the set with 6-3.

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In the next round, del Potro will face Daniel Taro, a Japanese who currently holds the no. 117 in the ATP ranking. It might seem an easy target, but the big upsetsbecame a regularity within these Olympics.

Del Potro is back in the spotlight

In men`s doubles, del Potro failed to move forward, so the singles contest remains his sole concern. With lots of top-seeds being outand others who chose not to compete in Rio, the 27-year-old Argentine has a great opportunity to come close to a medal.

It would be quite an achievement judging by the fact that he was so close to quitting tennis a while ago. It`s been almost 7 years since del Potro won his only Grand Slam which happened back in 2009 at the US Open with del Potro giving Roger Federer a hard to swallow defeat. Since then, the Argentine went through a hellish road, with multiple injuries. In 2009, he was 20 and was seen as a great hope.

Seven years later he is definitely trying to make a statement of his incontestable value.

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