Juan Martin del Potro admitted that he chooses other surfaces over clay because he simply doesn’t like to chase balls and play long rallies.
“I don’t like to run too much,” he laughed Sunday in Rome. “And you must play long rallies here on clay.”
“But, I mean, if you play aggressive on this surface also you can be dangerous. But, you need to be 100% physically, mentally, free of pains in your body.
“And I’m just trying to stay healthy in this part of the year, to improve my game and hold my body in the second part of the season.”
Del Potro has 22 career titles, four of them on clay. Of the four Grand Slams, he has the fewest number of overall wins at the French Open, but has played the tournament just once in the last five years. He did make the semifinals there in 2009.
Del Potro will open his Rome campaign against the winner of a very good match between Borna Coric and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I’m feeling good,” del Potro said. “I have good feelings with the ball. I already practice twice. And I’m hitting good. But I need to keep improving my game on clay. It’s not my best part of the season, what I say. But, I like to keep improving my game anyways.”
Del Potro is a 2-time Rome quarterfinalist.
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