Juan Martin Del Potro: “Sometimes Favorites Lose Early”
by Tom Gainey | January 16th, 2014, 4:59 pm

In the biggest upset thus far the Australian Open, Juan Martin del Potro was stunned last night in five sets by Roberto Bautista Agut 46, 63, 57, 64, 75. At No. 5 the recent Sydney winner was the highest men’s seed to lose through the first four days of the tournament.

“I like the tournament,” del Potro said. “I think this year the courts are faster than years ago. For Bautista’s game is much better. But I’m still confidence playing this tournament. I think sometimes the favorites lose very early in a Grand Slam, like Federer in Wimbledon or Rafa, and then other ones in the US Open. Here is my chance to get out very early in the tournament.

“But the season just started. I will try to be positive for the rest of the year.”

The match was played late in the evening, early morning in humid conditions. Del Potro, though, wasn’t making any excuses.

“I think for all the players is tough to play with this weather,” he said. “We have lucky to play a night session. It was really hot anyway, but doesn’t affect to play.

“I need to keep working. I already won the tournament last week, and that give me confidence to improve my game. But this kind of match also help me to learn something, and I will try to take my positive things about this match and change the negative to improve my game.”

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12 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro: “Sometimes Favorites Lose Early”

roy Says:

Oh, now imagine if Nadal had just been toppled in the 2nd round. What would we get?
How poor Nadal is on hard courts and how he can’t handle fast hard courts, unlike amazing hard court players like … Del potro… who can beat anyone with his ”big” hard court game which has taken him to one hard court slam victory.

And imagine if Nadal said:

”I think this year the courts are faster than years ago. For Bautista‚Äôs game is much better.”

Oh, we’d hear how Nadal is whining about the fast conditions and how they’re not like clay and wah, wah, wah.
All the Nadal haters would be jumping with glee at his ”fast court failure”.

Ah, the double standards are always refreshing.

Jack Lewis Says:

Someone needs to get their heads out of Nadal’s butt. Maybe that’s why he scratches it all the time?
Tall not so fast Del Po having trouble with fast conditions… must defend Nadal against this infamy… LOL

skeezer Says:

^Typical vamoshead whiner. Who would have thought?Wawaaaaa!

skeezer Says:

^to roys comment

Michael Says:

It is shocking that he is losing to somebody like Bautista and that too in five sets. Del Potro is defintely not living up to the reputation that he has developed. If he had reached the quarters, then that would have turned into a very interesting match between him and Rafa. But no excuses here, he lost and there it ends.

Steve 27 Says:

He is like Krajicek, a big powerful player who can upset a big name ocasionally but at the same time can lose with anybody. Both have one slam and if he cant improve his fitness will be so difficult for him to add another major. In a Grand Slam you have to be prepare to play a 5-setter matches, if not, is better to stay home a drink a mate.

Margot Says:

JMDP apparently took an 8 minute toilet break in the last set. The comms were wondering if he had had a shower!

Eric Says:

lol delpo, the savior of men’s tennis.

RZ Says:

“Here is my chance to get out very early in the tournament.” Wow, glass is half full for Delpo.

Ven Says:

Predicted year end 2, what a wishful predection
next turn is year end 5

gonzalowski Says:

With this hard weather, and having played the week prior to AO, maybe Delpo has not been fit all over the week. It seems
Monfils skipped Auckland, could be hard to Nadal… but better for Rafa to avoid JM, sorry about him.

Emily Says:

A bit heart broken, five set losses sting the most, especially when it was a quality match. I may be biased, but I respect the no excuses response and congratulating bautista on his twitter is not something every player would do. People’s opinions of Delpo seem so fair weather it makes my head spin

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