Positive return for Del Potro


By Ros Satar

  • Reaches the Delray Beach semi-finals after a tour absence of almost a year
  • Next in action in Indian Wells

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – It was not to be a dream end for Juan Martin Del Potro, as he bowed out of the ATP Delray Beach Open in the semi-finals, but it was more than just a tournament for the Tower of Tandil.

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After perhaps suffering the worst years of injury players can endure, after winning his maiden Slam at the US Open in 2009, Del Potro completed a far more confident looking display in a tournament, pushing Sam Querrey to two tight sets before the American won 7-5 7-5 to book his place in the final.

The former World No. 4 told ATPWorldTour.com after his loss:

“I always try to win, that’s for sure, but this week I won more than a tournament. I’m so glad to play tennis again.”

“Sam was really smart playing against me tonight,” he added. “He served really well. I didn’t have a rhythm, but that’s normal because I was tired. I couldn’t move fast on court and I missed too many forehands and he played at a higher level than me tonight.”

Del Potro had been in good form, not dropping a set on the way to the final, as the Argentine wildcard defeated Denis Kudla, qualifier John Patrick Smith and fifth seed Jeremy Chardy on his way to the semi-final.

After reaching the quarter-finals in Sydney last year, he withdrew from the Australian Open, and underwent left wrist surgery at the end of January, and after a R1 exit at Miami, had to undergo surgery once more in June.

As if that were not bad enough, he and his long time coach Franco Davin called time on their coaching relationship in July last year, with Davin now coaching Grigor Dimitrov.

This was Del Potro’s long aniticpated comeback, and it could not have gone better, but reported plans to play Acapulco on a wildcard seem to have given way to some common sense and his schedule appears to be reduced.

He continued: “I can confirm I will play in Indian Wells, which is good news for me. I have a few weeks to rest and to train. I will be there to play another tournament and I’m looking forward to the future. I can start to make a plan to play more tournaments. I have many positive things to take from this.”

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells takes place between 10-20 March.