After one of his best seasons, Juan Martin del Potro was named Clarin’s Sportsman of the Year in Argentina.
Del Potro, who finished No. 5 in the final ATP Rankings with four titles and semifinals at Wimbledon, beat out such stars as football legend Lionel Messi. He also won the award in 2009 when he captured the US Open.
Via google translation, del Potro said, “This is a reward for the effort. It was a great year, much better than expected. I was there, fighting in the first place. The main thing is to feel again very close to the top of the world. I’m already looking at next season,” he said”It’s very difficult to get close to the top. Djokovic, Nadal and Murray are fine, but I have faith.”
Here’s del Potro receiving the award Monday night in Buenos Aires.
Messi may have been injured, but he still has rare power. Just watch him reduce this fan to instant tears!
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