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Olympic Rewind: Roger Federer defeats Juan Martin del Potro in a thrilling match
the remaining games.
The Argentine thwarted two break attempts in the second game of the second set, then finished it with a backhand winner to give himself more confidence. Federer was in trouble after the opening shot at 2-2, but he saved a break point with a strong serve and won the match after numerous deuces to stay in the match.
In the following game, Del Potro had to play against a break opportunity. He remained composed and evened the score at 3-3. Roger saved a break chance at 4-4 with a forehand winner in one of the match’s most pivotal moments before winning the tie break 7-5 with an ace to set up the decisive set.
Juan Martin extended it after overcoming all challenges in games seven and nine, and it was the one that went down in history. When Federer lost a straightforward backhand on a break chance at 7-7, he blew a huge opportunity, and at 9-9, he moved ahead to serve for the match.
Juan Martin fought back at love to tie the match at 10-10 and prolong the suspense. Del Potro had to dig deep at 14-14 to avoid three break attempts and go two points closer to the win in the following game after dominant holds on both sides.
After two deuces, Roger Federer sealed the victory with a break at 15 at 17-17, serving for a second chance to advance to the final. The Swiss player played flawlessly this time, and he clinched the deal following Juan Martin’s forced blunder to progress into the first and only singles final of the Olympic Games.