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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