You won’t find a more universally liked player than Juan Martin Del Potro. The Argentine throughout his career has stolen tennis hearts and for the last couple of years there has been a gap and he has been missed but this year the big man made his comeback and wow what a comeback it was and the best could yet follow…
2009 was the year he arrived. After making the quarter finals in Australia, semi finals in France and an early exit in at Wimbledon he then arrived in New York defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as he picked up his first major title and made the World Tour Finals as well.
Sadly 2010 was hit with injury for Del Potro and 2011 didn’t gain momentum but in 2012 I saw one of my tennis highlights the tears on that man’s face when he won Olympic Bronze it was truly inspiring.
Since then it has been on and off but now he’s back and you better watch out…
Delray return for DelPo
Back in Februray Del Potro made his long awaited return at Delray Beach where he saw off Jeremy Chardy in the quarter finals before being defeated by Sam Querrey in the semi-finals but to win 3 matches in a row after so long out and being ranked at 1042 in the world is an impressive start to the comeback.
Masters in March!
Indian Wells and Miami. The first big tournaments for the Argentine both ended in early defeats. At Indian Wells it was Tomas Berdych who ended his run in the second round which was also the stage of the competition where it ended for Del Potro with fellow Argentine Zeballos ending his run there…
Stuttgart + Skipping Roland Garros
The ATP 250 tournament in Stuttgart is where the momentum began to gather pace for Del Potro as once again he made it to another semi-final with some impressive wins against Grigor Dimitrov and Gilles Simon before falling to Philip Kohlschreiber.
After Stuttgart many expected Del Potro to continue this momentum going into his first Grand Slam of the year but he decided to skip the second major of the year as he steadied his comeback.
After a very good win against Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon once again Del Potro decided to take a break and returned for the Olympics and this is where he meant business.
There aren’t many tournaments where you can saw I defeated Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal but didn’t win the tournament. Defeating Djokovic in round one was massive and then to defeat Nadal to get to the final before being defeated by Murray for the Gold was epic from him and at that point we said he is back!
Tears of New York
In 2009 he became champion in New York seeing off Nadal and Federer to win his first major and was treated like a king on his return and despite defeat to Stan Wawrinka he was the winner as he was cheered off the court by a full crowd at the US Open which brought the Argentinian to tears!
The comeback was great but to win a title this year was a fantastic achievement picking up the title in Stockholm but also earlier on in the year an Olympic medal for a second time!
Davis Cup Heroics
Big players for big occasions. 2 sets down to Cilic in a must win match he comes back to win his first match ever from 2 sets down to put Argentina on course to win their first Davis Cup. Truly brilliant! Not forgetting his heroic win against Andy Murray in Glasgow to get to the final!
This could be spectacular. He has a good team behind him, he picked his tournaments well when he returned. Surprised many by skipping Roland Garros but it paid off, he knows what he has to do. I believe it is certain that he will be in the top 10 next year and I think from him the best is to follow!
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