May 19, 2013
Del Potro wins bronze against Djokovic
Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro overcame his marathon semi-final defeat to win bronze in the Olympic tennis men's singles with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Serbia's Novak Djokovic.
Del Potro, whose semi-final loss to top seed Roger Federer on Friday was the longest men's three-set match played in the professional era, broke late in a rain-interrupted first set to take the lead against Beijing bronze medallist Djokovic.
The number two seed fell behind early in the second set, with the tall Argentinian serving to wrap up the win in 1 hour and 48 minutes.
Del Potro played for 4 hours, 26 minutes on Friday when he was defeated by top-seeded Federer 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 19-17 in the semifinals in the longest three-set men’s match of the Open era.
No. 2 Djokovic lost to Briton Andy Murray in the other semifinal 7-5 7-5.