Juan Martin Del Potro will now head into a second-round clash with top seed Novak Djokovic, on Tuesday night at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel after he narrowly held off Frances Tiafoe to claim his opening match in Acapulco, an event that is his second for the year.
The match which went on for about two hours and 33 minutes saw del Potro hold off the free-swinging Tiafoe 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1). Tiafoe, 19 years old who grew up idolizing del Potro almost came close to toppling the former World No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings during the match.
Del Potro, who was the semifinalist at the Delray Beach Openlast week started stronger as he broke for 5-4 in the opening set of the game. On a return error from the American qualifier’s racquet, the Argentine came up with three set points. Read more »
Ever since his series of injuries, it has seemed as though there will be no redeeming moment for the 6 feet 6 inch Argentine giant, after the defining moment of his career seven years ago, the tennis player has been ravaged by injuries that greatly setback his promising career.
However, recent developments have shown that the Argentine has made remarkable progress in his effort to turn his career around for the better with the Davis cup glory. Juan martin Del Porto achieved a seemingly fairytale ending in Zagreb as he obtained an unforgettable comeback victory over a belligerent opponent Marin Cilic, which served as an inspiring factor to his teammate Federico Delbonis for a sensational and outstanding 3-2 victory over the hosts Croatia.
His amazing recovery and return to form is bound to reach out to tennis fanatics who have been yearning to see someone other than Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic making the headlines. After his triumphant finish at the US open, the Argentinean received a mind-blowing hero’s welcome. He was grandly received back into the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires with a parade to celebrate the tennis legend.
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As in the first week of June 2016 fans of Juan Martin Del Potro will find the player gearing up to play in Wimbledon.
It would be part of the Stuttgart Open tournament. He, along with Roger Federer would be testing injuries in the run period in Wimbledon. It has already begun as fans get ready to witness action in the grass courts where Stuttgart Open would be hosted.
If you recollect, Rafael Nadal had won an edition about a year back. The court had a clay surface, then which has been switched since. Nadal this time is out of action as he is nursing an injury in this wrist. However, Federer is there to represent him in this tournament. Federer, who is 34 years of age and of Swiss origin, would be practicing on Sunday. The courts have been laid about a year ago by specialists for Wimbledon. The unofficial approval for the same was received in 2015. John McEnroe had a hit on the court surface when a dedication ceremony was going on, hosted at the Weissenhof club. Federer has been off the circulation as his back pain had been troubling him. However, his trainers have stated that he is fit for the match now. Read more »
The thought of retiring from the game had crossed the minds of Juan Martin Del Potro when he had to go through repeated surgeries the previous year, but, he shrugged it off and he is pretty determined now to make a comeback in 2016.
Del Potro has played very little in the last twenty months and as a result, has seen his singles world rankings slipping down to 582.
His fans would be desperate for him to come back and show his old class again, but, it would not be that easy for the Argentinean after having so many operations on that same body part.
There has been a suggestion that Del Potro, who normally plays his backhand shots holding the racket with both his hands, would be better off playing that shot using one hand only as quite a few other players do.
But, recently, talking to a website, Del Potro made it clear that he’s not going to make any changes in his playing style and would continue playing the way he has always been. Read more »
Juan Martin Del Potro has had to endure a painful period off late and he is still not in peace.
His career has taken a real pounding since the time he sustained a wrist injury and now, there are suspicions that he might not be able to fully recover from it ever.
He has been in touch with his doctor and if the reports coming from the close sources have any authenticity, then, the Argentina native has been advised to have another surgery on the damaged wrist.
Having already had surgery a couple of times, Del Potro is a bit reluctant to go under the knife again without any guarantee.
His situation at the current moment is not said to be good at all.
Recently, one of his close friends was quoted as saying, “Juan has not trained for some time. It’s almost impossible for him to train. He desperately wants to be back playing, but, unfortunately, he has not been able to do so. He has travelled to America quite a few times to have meetings with the doctor. He is only 26 at the moment and he does not want the road to end for him at this stage, but, at some point of time, he is bound to get tired.”
Del Potro has played just one tournament this year i.e. the Apia International Sydney Tennis Tournament. Read more »
Rafael Nadal is pretty cool in admitting that he is not the most dominant tennis player in the world anymore.
The Spaniard suffered a defeat against Andy Murray on his home turf last week which saw him falling below number 5 in world rankings. For the last decade Nadal had been able to maintain his position in the top 5 despite his injury issues and all, but, because of some very average performances off late, he is now the 6th ranked player in the world and his career seems to be going only one direction; down south. Read more »