The Tottenham attacking midfielder looks set for a big season at White Hart Lane this year.
Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring against Everton
The former US Open winner, having knocked out both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, starred in a fierce battle with reigning champion Andy Murray in the Olympic Men's Singles final. The giant Argentine was trumped to the gold medal by the Scot, who made history in defending his title.
But Del Potro, who should still be proud to take home a silver for his country, certainly won the praise of his sporting compatriot Lamela, who tweeted: "A pride for all Argentines! For me that medal is golden! Simply thank you."
Un orgullo para todos los argentinos! Para mi esa medalla es dorada !— Erik Manuel Lamela (@ErikLamela) August 15, 2016
Simplemente gracias pic.twitter.com/Iu1sQgr5QF
Lamela has also made an impression this summer, following up a strong preseason by firing the North Londoners to a point at Goodison Park on the opening weekend of the Premier League.
The Argentine netted twice in the club's high profile friendlies against Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan before the season, which itself followed on from good form in the Copa America earlier in the summer.
Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry Kane
But the onus was on the 23-year-old to do the business when it mattered in what is his third season at White Hart Lane, and he certainly did that as Mauricio Pochettino's men found themselves behind to a dominant Everton on Saturday, glancing an excellent header past Maarten Stekelenburg to level proceedings.
Lamela then went close to securing all three points, smashing an effort goalwards only for the Dutch goalkeeper to acrobatically tip it on to the crossbar.
While Del Potro finished in the silver medal place in his Olympics challenge, Lamella will be hoping he can provide the form that fires Spurs towards their own kind of silverware in the coming campaign.
Tottenham's Erik Lamela scores their first goal