Juan Martin Del Potro: My Knee Is Not Good
by Tom Gainey | July 1st, 2013, 4:19 pm

Juan Martin Del Potro may have reached his first career Wimbledon quarterfinal today, but the outlook isn’t positive. During a third round win over Greg Zemlja Del Potro took a nasty spill Saturday in the third set injuring his left knee and ankle in the process.

Today, after beating Andreas Seppi in straight sets the 24-year-old former US Open champion offered an update the health of his lower leg.

“The ankle is good and the knee is not good,” Del Potro said today. “But I’m allowed to play. Still bother me in the left outside of the knee.

“I couldn’t extend 100% the knee. And the tapes for today help me to be careful in some movements. But is not enough. But I have one day and a half until my next match, and I will do all the treatments to see if I can be better.”

Even with the bad knee Del Potro didn’t struggle at all today beating the Italian veteran 64, 76, 63.

Del Potro will meet David Ferrer on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The Spanish No. 1 has beaten Del Potro is six of eight meetings including an easy win the Wimbledon round of 16 last year.

“I’m so happy to be in the quarterfinals for the first time here in Wimbledon. I’m improving playing on grass; I like it a lot,” Del Potro said. “It’s going to be difficult against Ferrer, but I’m very excited to play him. He’s playing fantastic this season; he will be No. 3 in the world. I think he’s the favorite, but I like to play this match on the grass. If my knee is OK, I think it will be a good match.”

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16 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro: My Knee Is Not Good

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Urgh too bad hope he still can carry on playing,hes playing really well,be a shame if he were to pull out,hope its not too serious.

RZ Says:

Wondering why he’d admit that going into a match vs. Ferrer. You know Ferrer is now going to make him run for everything. DelPo doesn’t seem to be the type to resort to gamesmanship, so he’s probably being honest.

Humble Rafa Says:

Tall Elf,

I sympathize, I know how a knee can slow a man down. But you can win with a suspect knee. Best of luck.

M Says:

Poor darling Juan Martín. So talented, and never, never the best of luck when it comes to those horrible injuries.

You will need all your powers to meet Ferru, so here’s wishing you a full recovery in the next day and a half you say you have. Vamos!

Michael Says:

Del Potro is a highly injury prone player and has not been able to realize the potential he is capable of due to his physical challenge. Earlier he had a serious wrist problem which compelled him to boycott the sport for a year and now it seems he has knee problems. It would be soothing for him to have come to the quarters in his not-so-favourite court despite the knee problem. However, I am not sure if he can win against Ferrer. I would say 60:40 in favour of Ferrer.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Hope the injury is not too serious,i think hes the one player i belive who can hopefully test Djokovic,Berdych has an abysmal record against Novak so not hopefull there,and no offence to his fans but god knows he needs it,not been tested one iota so far.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Michael I wouldnt give Ferrer much hope against Novak if he beats Delpo,so i hope Delpo is not too injured and beats Ferrer,as i believe that Delpo when hes on top of his game would be the only player in that half of the draw who could test Novak,not Novaks fault but its all been too easy so far IMO.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Saw the Del Po match.. Looked like he could not have competed against top players. It was obvious that his movement was compromised. Ferrer has a good chance to reach the semis. Maybe this is his 1st semis at Wimbledon.

I believe Novak vs Berdych would be the blockbuster quarter finals. If Berdych can play the way he played against Tomic at the end of the match, it would be a interesting one.

Michael Says:


Agreed. Del Potro has beaten Novak recently both at the Olympics as well as Indian Wells. So, obviously he has a better chance against Novak than say Ferrer. But I am not sure he is in good physical shape and that is the reason I give the advantage to Ferrer to get the better of him. All things being equal, Del Potro should beat Ferrer comprehensively but this is different.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Michael no offence but i cant make myself care about Novaks early round matches against journey men anymore,i actually stuck with the Haas match and was hopefull that it would at least be a contest when Tommy broke,only for Novak to break straight back,then i switched to the Tomic/Berdych match which was a great contest,sorry please dont hate me,as im not been unkind just honest,as i know some people feel exactly the same way about Rafas matches on clay,so no double standard here.

grendel Says:

“You know Ferrer is now going to make him run for everything.”

But Ferrer does that anyway. That’s what he does.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

By the way i was not saying that Haas is a journey man,far from it.

Ahsan Najeeb Says:

Too much has been said about upsets and all but this half of the men’s draw really has not seen any upset so far… Berdych vs Nole and Ferrer vs Delpo.. That is what was expected to be the QF line up all the way…

jane Says:

Haas is #13; he’ll be 11th in the race after this tournament.

Michael Says:


The H2H of Ferrer against Del Potro stands surprisingly at 6-2 in the former’s favour.

I take no offence to your postings nor do I hate you. It is a pleasure exchanging with you. Why should I, when you sound reasonable, not offensive or prejudiced. You are putting your perception across and I respond to the same. Vice Versa. End of matter.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Thanks Michael as its sometimes tricky putting your point across without sounding prejudiced,and i enjoy exchanging posts with you too.

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