Brendan Maloy
Monday August 8th, 2016

Juan Martin del Potro’s Sunday did not get off to a great start, as the Argentinean tennis player was trapped in an elevator in the Olympic Village for 40 minutes ahead of his match with world No. 1 Novak Djokivic.

The former U.S. Open winner had no means of communicating with the outside world while trapped in the malfunctioning lift, but he was eventually discovered and rescued by two members of his nation’s handball team.

Perhaps having some distraction-free time is just what Del Potro needed as the oft-injured star took out Djokovic 7–6, 7–6 to advance to the next round of the Olympic tournament.

Del Potro will fan Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Monday as he continues his quest for gold.

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