Despite match balls!
World number one Roger Federer (Switzerland) missed the record victory at the ATP Masters in Indian Wells and finished in 18th place. Game of the Year was defeated for the first time.
In a high-class final with spectacular rallies, the record Grand Slam winner had to admit defeat to sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the Olympic Games with 4:6, 7:6 (10:8), 6:7 (2:7).
For the Argentinean, his seventh success in the 25. Duel with Federer at the same time the first triumph in an ATP-Masters.
Former US Open Champion Del Potro, who had stopped Augsburg’s Philipp Kohlschreiber’s triumph in the quarter-finals, was the actor who made fewer mistakes throughout the entire season.
In the first set, defending champion Federer, who missed his sixth triumph in the Californian desert, made many unforced mistakes with his forehand.
Juan Martin del Potro took advantage of his opponent’s unfamiliar weaknesses and took the first set after a break for 3:2 and 34 minutes.
The second round was balanced before Roger Federer suddenly had his first two break points in the tenth game.
Del Potro initially successfully defended himself against the threat of a set loss and even had a match point in the tie-break. But the Swiss returned and equalised after a thrilling run and seven set points.
In the decisive round, Federer looked like the sure winner at 5:4 and his own serve, but could not use two match points and won the re-break. The tiebreak then became a smooth affair for the South American, who turned his third match point after 2’42”.
Previously, the Japanese Naomi Osaka celebrated her first triumph on the WTA Tour in the women’s final.
In the duel between two tennis hopes, the 20-year-old won 6:3 and 6:2 against Daria Kassatkina of the same age.
For the defeated Russian, who had eliminated Angelique Kerber from Kiel in the quarter-finals, it was her third defeat in her fourth final, the only victory so far she had won in Charleston in 2017.