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5 Aug

Novak Djokovic of Serbia scrambles back to his racket after falling while playing against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the men’s singles bronze medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro wept after losing to Roger Federer in the Olympic semifinals. He wept again Sunday, this time with joy after winning the bronze medal.

The Argentine beat Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in a rain-delayed match at Wimbledon and fell to the grass, covering his face with his hands.

“I don’t have the words to explain,” Del Potro said. “It’s similar to winning a Grand Slam (title) or maybe even bigger. It’s amazing.”

Del Potro had lost 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 on Friday to Federer in the longest best-of-three set match in men’s tennis in the Open era – 4 hours, 26 minutes.

“I think I’m the most happy of the world at this moment,” Del Potro said. “After a really sad day two days ago, it’s not easy to recover and to play these kind of matches.”

Djokovic said he failed to capitalize on his chances, and that Del Potro deserved to win.

“Disappointing end, but I enjoyed it,” the second-seeded Serb said. “It was a pleasure playing for my country.”

From left, silver medalist Switzerland’s Roger Federer, gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain, and bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina stand during the medal ceremony of the men’s singles event at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 

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