After taking almost two more months off to get his right knee strong again, Juan Martin del Potro is set to return to singles Wednesday in Madrid.
The Argentine, who played doubles with Kei Nishikori Monday in a successful test, will meet Laslo Djere in his clay opener.
“I’m feeling good progress,” del Potro said Monday. “I’m progressing day after day. For me to be here in this tournament is another step in order of my build-up towards my final recovery, in order to be at full strength and really fit. And to have solved the injury I have in my knee. That is how I face it.
“Day after day, I’m feeling better. I’m starting to train with better players, which gives me a lot of rhythm. And that’s why I’m starting to be fitter and it’s true that I need time to be able to adapt myself to this rhythm. I think that now is the right moment to do it and that is why I’m playing here this week.”
Del Potro fractured his right knee cap back in Shanghai last fall, an injury, he said, he didn’t think too much about.
“I was fighting at a very high level for important things,” del Potro said. “At that moment, we didn’t think that it was something really that was going to take a long time. The doctors were really trying to help me, trying to solve the problem quickly and after that, things were a little bit longer.
“The injury was a little bit more difficult than what we thought. Time was going on and I was just trying to do a lot of things, trying to be back on the court. I still felt some pain, daily pain. I am still feeling it at the moment,” he said.
“But I think that right now I’m in a good situation and emotionally I’m feeling pretty well and I think that the negative things you have to leave them aside and right now, I’m trying to focus on the positive things. It’s a good thing to be here and I’m thinking just to move forward and with all the experience that I have, try to do the things properly, try to do it once again, try to face the problems and just be back and do my best.”
Del Potro return at Delray Beach but after hobbling in a loss to Mackenzie MacDonald in the quarters, he hasn’t played since.
The 30-year-old is ranked No. 8 this week with French Open SF and Wimbledon QF points to defend ahead.
Después de regresar al circuito en el doble de Madrid, @delpotrojuan decidió que probará su rodilla en el single del miércoles.#Delpo will test his knee playing singles tomorrow in Madrid.@MutuaMadridOpen pic.twitter.com/YncSSsRY82
— Jorge Viale (@jorgeviale) May 7, 2019
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