Rio de Janeiro, Aug 8: Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro broke many hearts when he stunned world number 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the opening round of men's singles at Rio Olympics 2016 yesterday (August 7). But before the game, he had tough 40 minutes to endure at the Athletes Village.
Del Potro registered one of the biggest upsets in Olympic tournament when he ousted top seed Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2) on Sunday.
However, the 27-year-old did not have the best of preparations for the match as he was stuck in an elevator at the Athletes Village.
Del Potro had a forgettable experience when he had to spend 40 minutes in the dark in a lift. And to add to his woes, there was no signal on his mobile phone. Finally his ordeal was ended when he was resuced by his country's handball team. It was reported that Del Potro shouted for help.
While spending time in the lift, Del Potro took a selfie, which was posted on the micro-blogging website Twitter, by his publicist Jorge Viale.
"This is how Delpo started the day: trapped in an elevator at the Olympic village for 40 minutes," Viale wrote on his Twitter page with Del Potro's photo.
After the rescue act, handball player Fede Pizarro tweeted a picture of him with Del Potro and team-mate Guille Milano.
In 2009 US Open final, Del Potro shocked Swiss ace Roger Federer for his maiden and only Grand Slam title.