Posts tagged: Olympics

STEPANEK KNOCKS DEL POTRO OUT

Juan Martin Del Potro has been defeated in the second round of the Rogers cup by Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic. The Argentinean star, who had won the Bronze medal in the London Olympics a few days ago, looked completely out of touch in the match. He looked tired and Stepanek defeated him easily. The Czech player won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 7-6(5). He took 1 hour and 50 minutes to defeat Del Potro.

In the very first game of the match, Del Potro‚Äôs service was broken. Stepanek held his service in the next game to make the score 2-0. In the next five games, both the players held their service and at the end of the seventh game, the score was 4-3. Del Potro made the set interesting by breaking the service of Stepanek in the eighth game. Read more »

An Injury Plagued Sensation

When Argentinean tennis player Juan Martin del Potro upset the then world number one Roger Federer to take the US Open title in 2009, becoming the first ever player to beat both Roger and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam, big things were expected of the then 20 year old with a stunning power shot.

Standing at 6 ft 6 inches, del Potro was the epitome of power play that modern tennis has come to be represented with but consistent struggles with injuries in the last three years has seen his career stall somewhat.

A wrist injury in 2010 ruled him out of most of the 2010 calendar season and he was unable to defend the US Open title that he had won the previous year, and the once number four ranked tennis player in the world slipped of the radar and almost disappeared into oblivion. Read more »