Juan Martin Del Potro Defeats Novak Djokovic to Win Olympic Tennis Bronze Medal

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIAugust 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina returns a shot in the third set against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Semifinal of Men's Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. Federer defeated Del Potro 4-6, 7-6, 19-17.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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In a highly contested bout between two tennis greats, Juan Martin del Potro defeated Novak Djokovic and secured the 2012 Olympic bronze medal for Argentina in men's singles tennis.

Del Potro was able to win the first set of the tournament, which saw Djokovic struggle early and often, even falling down at one point towards the end of it. Things looked as if Del Potro could finish off his opponent rather shortly, but the talented Serbian was able to regain a bit of his composure.

Djokovic looked more himself in the second set, winning the first game, but Del Potro never truly lost control of this match. The Argentine had difficulty trying to close out Djokovic in the second set, however, with the Serbian rising to he occasion one he realized his back was against the wall.

Though he did win fewer games in the second set than the first, Djokovic had more flashes of brilliance in the second set. Unfortunately for him, though, Del Potro's small stumbles that allowed those flashes simply weren't enough to mount a comeback.

Del Potro did finally get the better of his opponent, however, and successfully earned Argentina their first medal of the 2012 London Summer Games.

Del Potro, the world's No. 9 ranked player, was able to pull off the impressive upset over Djokovic, who was the defending singles bronze medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games, and earned his first-ever Olympic medal in the process.