Djokovic And Williams Sisters Out In Rio: The Rio 2016 Olympics provided one of the biggest upsets in recent tennis as world number 1 Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the first round.
The Serbian was up against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, and left the court in tears after a surprising 7-6 7-6 loss.
“Delpo was the better player and he deserved to win. That’s sport,” Djokovic told reporters. “In the decisive moments, he just came up with some extraordinary tennis and I have to congratulate him.
“It’s very sad and disappointing to go out of the tournament this early but I am glad that a good friend of mine, who has struggled with injuries, has won. It’s one of the toughest losses in my life and career. The wounds are still fresh.”
Djokovic’s surprising loss came only hours after Serena and Venus Williams were surprisingly eliminated in the first round of the women’s doubles by Czech duo of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.
“It was a really tough match for us and a really tough draw, but we’re used to tough draws,” Serena, who is still in the women’s singles competition, told reporters. “We honestly didn’t play our best whatsoever tonight. We played terrible and that basically showed in the results.
“I don’t know why. I wasn’t playing the way I needed to play, I wasn’t crossing the way I needed to cross, it was what it was. I wouldn’t say it’s devastating. We have a chance to compete for our country, we did the best that we can. It was a lot of fun and we will always remember these moments and these matches and at the end of the day I think that’s what matters most.”