Juan Martin Del Potro: Winning A Medal In London Was Like Winning The US Open
by Tom Gainey | August 15th, 2012, 11:07 pm
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Juan Martin Del Potro sounds like a man who’s still living off the high from his bronze medal effort earlier this month at the 2012 Olympic games in London. Del Potro beat Novak Djokovic 11 days ago to earn Argentina’s then only medal – they finished with four.

An exhausted Del Potro still played the Rogers Cup but after an early loss flew back to Argentina to celebrate his achievement. Today, after returning to the Midwest Del Potro spoke about the experience.

“Well, the Grand Slam are the biggest tournaments for us,” Del Potro said following a straight set win over Tommy Haas. “But the Olympics was special moments for me and for the rest of the players. Win a medal in London was big like win the US Open. Maybe less or more, but in that level, you know, and for the country means too big, you know. The medals, I was the first one for Argentina. I am the only player who win a medal in singles for Argentina, so that’s mean many big things for me.”

Del Potro admitted he was very sad after losing that unbelievable 19-17 final set to Roger Federer in the Olympic semifinals.

“I was really, really sad after loss against Roger, but my parents, friends, and my team helped me a lot to open my eyes, you know, and to fight in the last match against Djokovic,” he said. “I really feel the support from my country. All the people was behind me and help me to get the energy to best I can against Djokovic.”

The 6-foot-6 Del Potro won the US Open in 2009 stunning Federer in a five set thriller. The 23-year-old revealed that his still has the racquet that won him his first Grand Slam in his bag today.

“I have here, but I’m not using that racquet,” Del Potro said. “I should have used it against Federer in the Olympics.”

Del Potro will play Viktor Troicki tomorrow in the third round at the Cincinnati Masters 1000.


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8 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro: Winning A Medal In London Was Like Winning The US Open

Steve 27 Says:

Can Del Potro win against Djokovic, Murray or Federer at UO? Can he overcome that barrier that prevents him from beating the best in the majors, especially the Swiss, to take that final leap?


harry Says:

“I have here, but I’m not using that racquet,” Del Potro said. “I should have used it against Federer in the Olympics.”
A little sentimental and superstitious, but endearing!


scineram Says:

“Can he overcome that barrier that prevents him from beating the best in the majors, especially the Swiss, to take that final leap?”

WTF are you talking about?


RZ Says:

Steve 27, he’s done it before, so why not?


Danica Says:

He beat Nadal and Federer at the USO. That’s not enough, Steve?


dustin Says:

he has definitely passed that hurdle before. it gets negated a little bit because he has yet to do so since his return from the wrist injury. he just needs to get back to a place where he can trust his game again. after watching the olympics, i believe he is close. 19-17 in the 3rd against roger who had been wiping the floor with him this year and taking out nole? i’d say he is definitely heading in the right direction. its a shame he had that injury because i am convinced that he would have at least 2 or 3 majors to his name if he hadn’t missed an entire season. he was out for a year with the injury but he really lost about 18 months because it took him a good 6 months to get REALLY match fit again after returning. i wish him the best. he is supremely talented and his kind genial nature makes him a great ambassador for the sport.


Steve 27 Says:

More often, people.


venky Says:

Ppl,

As said before, Potro is a supremely talented player. He clearly has the potential to play well in all courts. He has won a grand slam on hard court, olympic bronze medal on grass court and he was leading 2-0 against Fed in the QF of French open. Hence, I feel he’s a strong contender. If he can beat Nole in the QF of US open 12, he will definitely win the grand slam.

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