Juan Martin Del Potro: I Will Need To Be 110% To Beat Novak, But I Am Excited To Play Him [Video]
by Tom Gainey | July 4th, 2013, 9:36 am
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After watching Juan Martin Del Potro take a terrifying tumble re-injuring that left knee in the very first game of his quarterfinal match yesterday at Wimbledon, would anyone have believed the Argentine would get up and not just resume but play well enough to beat David Ferrer in straight sets?

Del Potro shook off the early knee issue to dominate Ferrer 62, 64, 76 to reach his first career Wimbledon semifinal. After the match, the concern focused on Del Potro’s knee.

“Is not easy when you are in quarterfinals, central court, and the match just started,” Del Potro said of the fall. “I felt I did the same like four days ago. I think I was close to retire. But to be honest, I don’t want to retire in quarters for first time at the Wimbledon against David Ferrer, you know. And that’s the reason for continuing play. The doctors give me good anti-inflammatories.

“I think I play a really, really nice match today,” he said. “I think I play really focus the important moments. My best tennis came today to beat him.”

Del Potro won the bronze medal last summer beating his next opponent, Novak Djokovic, and now he’s continued to excel on the grass on which he hasn’t lost a set in five rounds of play.

“I will need to be 100% or 110% against him,” Del Potro said. “He’s the No. 1. He’s a former champion here. It’s going to be more difficult match for me like today. But if I’m okay, if I do everything good to be ready for my next match, I will be exciting to play against him. I remember the match during the Olympic last year on the same surface.

“I will try to be ready and do my best.”

The 6-foot-6 Del Potro joins fellow US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray along with Jerzy Janowicz in one of the tallest semifinals in Grand Slam history.

Del Potro is was the first player to break up the Big Three at the 2009 US Open and now with the Big Four could he cause another shockwave this weekend?


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18 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro: I Will Need To Be 110% To Beat Novak, But I Am Excited To Play Him [Video]

James Says:

“I remember the match during the Olympic last year on the same surface.”

Confidence. Go for it, Delpo.


Giles Says:

GO GO GO DELPO!!!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Hope both semis are great matches,all the best to the four players left,may the best two players reach the final,and may the best man win the title.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Hope both semis are great matches,all the best to the four players left,may the best two players reach the final,and may the best man win the title.


Brando Says:

Go big man! Hope you are fit for the match first and foremost!


SG1 Says:

Really like DelPo’s game. Always have. He’s an athletic version Raonic. Or is Raonic an version of DelPo without the athleticism?

Anyway, I’m going with the coward’s pick. Novak’s going to punch his ticket to the final. Though I would love to DelPo pick up a win here. It’s been a long time coming very a very good player who has had tons of bad luck.


SG1 Says:

“for a very good player who has had tons of bad luck.”


Daniel Says:

Murray x DelPo final would be great, they had some bad blood in the past and 2 players wanting to get out of the 1 Slam wonder.

But I nhonestly think this is Djoko’s tourney to lose. 2011 He benefited from Fed losing to Tsonga and had the momentum going with Nadal rivalry, but back than he had never beaten Nadal in Slam before. The pressure was huge and he succeed.

Now he is more confortable and I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t lose a set all tournament.

The dangerous is: he didn’t have the ocasional bad match champions have in Slam, where they have to escape defeat as he has done it several times before. DelPo suspiscious knee doesn’t help his case either.


Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Tall Elf,

Go out and get him. He is an impediment to my GOAThood.


skeezer Says:

Lmao Rafafanatics. Anyone but Nole…


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Skeezer Murrays always been my second favorite,so no disrespect to Nole,not everything is that black or white,well for me anyway,cant speak for other posters though obviously.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

To be a fan of one player,doesnt automatically make one an anti fan of another.


Giles Says:

Anyone but fed. Oops sorry he is already out, lost to no. 116!
LMAO!!!


M Says:

TXHC, you are so gracious.

I, however, must be partisan and throw in a “Vamos!”

““I remember the match during the Olympic last year on the same surface.”

Confidence. Go for it, Delpo.”

@James – I liked this too.

*waves blue, white and gold pompoms*


Okiegal Says:

You said it Skeezer……..anyone but Nole.

Cmon’ Andy, make the Brits happy, happy, happy (and the RafaFans too)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

M i would like to see two players that have never won Wimbledon contesting the final,that way we are guaranteed a new champion.


SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
Dear Tall Elf,

************************

LOL. The world’s tallest midget to be sure.


Danny Morris Says:

LOL! I just hope rafa fans dont bring their claydal curse to murray.

I really want murray to win a Wimbledon, but not with his wta-level-forehand and claycourter-like-passive play.

I don’t think it would be bad for murray to tank out like claydal did. Atleast murray would have done it to avoid nole and not lukas kubot,LOL!

1-6 in grandslam finals sounds as bad as claydal’s puny off-clay record!

I will throw a bone to murray fans, if there are any:

murray has made 6wimbledon quarters in a row. I don’t think even claydal has managed that. Fed ofcourse has 10 qfs in a row at SW19. Sampras had 9. Connors had 11 in a row!

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