Juan Martin del Potro was reduced to tears on court at the US Open yesterday, after fans began an emotional chant in support of the Argentine during his quarter-final clash with Stanislas Wawrinka.
The chant actually brought play to a halt for a short time, with the chair umpire having to call the crowd to order a number of times before they finally quietened down.
It was obvious for all to see that Del Potro was having an impossible time trying to contain his emotions, with the Argentine having to repeatedly wipe away tears from the corners of his eyes.
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Unfortunately, for Del Potro and the Argentinians sitting in the audience, the chanting was not enough to guide him to victory, as instead, the semi-final place went to Wawrinka, who won the tie by three sets to one.
The final scoreline ended 7-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 in favor of Swiss tennis star Wawrinka, who will play Japanese player Kei Nishikori in the semi-final of the competition, after he overcame Andy Murray in five sets.
Del Potro has had a long and prosperous career in tennis. He turned pro in 2005, aged 17, and since then, has gone on to win a massive number of eighteen men's career singles titles, a Grand Slam title, and has twice reached the final of the Davis Cup.
He won his Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open, beating five-time defending champion Roger Federer in a match that went the full distance, with Del Potro coming out on top, winning three sets to two. The final score ended 3-6 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-2.
You can see the emotional video of Del Potro below.
The Argentine has also had a measure of success in Olympic competition.
He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and a silver medal at this year's Olympics in Rio.
The 27-year-old Argentine is currently ranked at number 142 in the world. His highest ranking to date is fourth, where he stood back in January 2010.
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