After four years of fighting injuries and emotions, Juan Martin del Potro is back to the level of play that took him to the 2009 US Open title. The Argentine has won 14 of his last 15 matches with titles coming in Tokyo and Basel and a final in Shanghai losing to Novak Djokovic in a final set tiebreak. So del Potro has reason for the optimism why many think he’s the most feared man in tennis right now.
“I think I’m playing fantastic tennis,” del Potro said yesterday after beating Marin Cilic at the Paris Masters. “I won four tournaments. It’s my first season to win four tournaments. I’m in the top 5 after three years and a half, and I made semifinals in Wimbledon. I’m playing really good at the moment, reaching three finals in a row, which is fantastic for me. My forehand is working really good. My serve has improved tournament by tournament, and I’m really glad with my level at this moment.”
The 25-year-old del Potro will continue his torrid run today against rising star Grigor Dimitrov.
“He’s a young player, but he has a fantastic attitude on court,” said del Potro. “He has a big potential too and he’s very fast. We play each other the beginning of this year, and it was a very difficult match for him, for me, and I think it’s gonna be interesting match. I like his game, and he play aggressive all the time. He has the chance to come into the net, play slices. The game of him is similar like Federer, and he’s not an easy opponent for me.”
Del Potro is currently ranked No. 5 and if the results continue he could finish as high as No. 3.
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