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Novak Djokovic exits Rio 2016 in tears after shock defeat

Novak Djokovic has left the Rio 2016 court in tears after a surprise first round defeat to an opponent who got stuck in a lift on the morning of the match.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who is now ranked 141st in the world after a series of injury problems, won 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) to end the top men's seed's hopes of an Olympic tennis medal.

Novak Djokovic described the defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro as 'one of the toughest losses in my career'. Credit: Reuters
The world number one had been beaten by Del Potro in the bronze medal play-off at London 2012. Credit: Reuters
But the Serbian number one said he was pleased for the Argentine victor after a series of injuries in recent years. Credit: Reuters

Del Potro had earlier been trapped in an Olympic Village lift for 40 minutes before being rescued by members of Argentina's handball team.

Wimbledon Middle Sunday tickets sell out in minutes

Wimbledon fans queue. Credit: PA

Thousands of tickets for Wimbledon's People's Sunday sold out in just 27 minutes.

For only the fourth time in its 139-year history there were be play on the middle Sunday of the tournament after rain disrupted the tennis championship's scheduling leaving a backlog of matches.

Tickets cost up to £70 and sold out with fans not knowing who they can expect to see play.

The 10,000 Centre Court tickets at the top price, 8,000 £40 tickets for Court One, and 4,000 ground passes at £20 went on sale at 3pm.

Many fans were left empty handed though, with 111,000 queuing for the 22,000 tickets which were sold at a rate of 815 per minute.

More upset than the empty-handed fans was defending champion Novak Djokovic, who was knocked out by American Sam Querrey.


Rain halts upset in the making with Djokovic on the brink

Novak Djokovic's hopes of defending his Wimbledon title hang in the balance after rain halted his match with him two sets down to Sam Querrey.

Novak Djokovic has won the last four grand slams. Credit: PA

The number one seed lost the opening set on a tie break before American 28th seed blew him away in the second to take the set 6-1 before rain interrupted the match on Court 1.

Djokovic's exit would leave Andy Murray as the highest ranked player in the men's draw.

Djokovic wins in straight sets against Mannarino

Novak Djokovic got there in the end. Credit: PA

On a day when rain meant little play took place at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic progressed to the third round thanks to a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino.

The world No.1 took the game played under the centre court roof, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to ensure his place in the next round.

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