(Reuters) - Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro has been handed a wildcard entry into the Shanghai Masters following his battling silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 27-year-old, who has been hampered by wrist injuries for the past three years, was beaten by Britain's Andy Murray for the gold but had dumped out world number one Novak Djokovic and fifth-ranked Rafa Nadal en route to the final.

Del Potro, who reached the third round at Wimbledon in his come-back slam, won through to the second round of the U.S. Open with a straight sets victory over fellow Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Tuesday.

The Shanghai Masters begin from Oct. 9.

(Reporting by Ian Rodricks in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams)