Juan Martin Del Potro Is Sad But Encouraged After Wimbledon Loss To Djokovic
by Tom Gainey | July 5th, 2013, 5:01 pm

For the second straight summer Juan Martin Del Potro suffered a gut-wrenching loss on Centre Court Wimbledon. Last year it was a 19-17 defeat to Roger Federer in the Olympic semifinals. Today is was an 4 hour, 43 minute 75, 46, 76, 67, 63 loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals.

The 24-year-old Del Potro never led in the match but had two break oppurtunities in the fifth after fighting off multiple match points in the fourth set tiebreaker.

“I was so close to be at the finals here in Wimbledon,” Del Potro said. “I think I play really good tennis during four hours and a half, and he plays better because he won the match. But was a really high level match during four hours. He hit so hard the ball. I think was unbelievable to watch, but, of course, I’m sad because I lost and I was close to beat him.”

Del Potro was playing in his first Wimbledon semifinal, and like Djokovic he hadn’t lost a set en route to the semifinal round. The Argentine was also battling a left knee he injured two times in his last three matches. But Del Potro gave it his all in a rousing display of tennis enjoyed by all.

“I really enjoy the match, by the way, even if I win or if I lose,” Del Potro said. “Was like a dramatic match, you know, many things during four hours. I play an unbelievable points. He play really well also. I think the crowd enjoying a lot the match.

“For me was fantastic, because losing two set by one against the No. 1 in the world, if the crowd doesn’t cheering for me, it’s tough to come back. They help me a lot for fight, to keep trying, keep going. Of course I’m sad now, but in couple of day I will see how big was the match.”

What was refreshing to see during the match how well the two competitors enjoyed one another. Afterward, Del Potro agreed it was nice to play a good friend.

“He’s a good guy, a good friend of mine,” Del Potro said. “He’s very strong.”

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16 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Is Sad But Encouraged After Wimbledon Loss To Djokovic

Brando Says:

What a class act and lovely guy Juan Martin is.

Such a jewel in the crown of the game today!

He lost a big match and yet he shows love for Novak: class act!

Juan Martin did not lose that match: he won back his old big stage self!

He’s back, and the pluses fair outweigh the negatives for him.

I think next time he’ll win such matches, as he has truly gained a great amount in terms of belief with this tourny.

4h 30 min plus in the heat, v the World no.1, best defense in the game, on your weakest surface: WOW big man, be proud for slugging it out like that!

True champion of the game!

Polo Says:

What a great guy! He may have lost the match but he may have won something great in return which will serve him well in the long run. This match should gain him back the confidence to win his own Wimbledon in the future. Had Djokovic played just a notch below what he did today, del Potro would have won. None of the other active player could have beaten del Potro. Next time del Potro plays a big match, I will cheer for him regardless of who he plays against.

kinsky Says:

Delpo is a class act. He gave me a lot of scare today.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Aww loved the manhug at the net,pure class from both,and smiles between Andy and JJ,some of these women could learn a thing or two,shame one player has to lose sometimes,im sure if Delpo was playing almost any other player,he would have won that match,just his bad luck he ran into the worlds best in Nole.

Kimmi Says:

Cheered and cheered for delpo. Too bad he lost but his fight won my heart. Even if he was down and out he believed he could win. That is what makes him a champion. I am happy to say delpo is back. Hope he stays injury free from now on. He is definitely going to win another major. Gooo Juan Martin :)

Kimberly Says:

polo-even Federer?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

I can’t add anything other than supporting what Brando and everyone else said. Class act, superb match, everybody loves DelPo, serious Slam contender.

Nina Says:

Always liked Delpo, he’s a genuine good guy. Obviously my liking for him increased since I know he really likes and admires Novak. I hope Delpo gets into the Big 4 soon, he reall adds up to the tennis world.

Polo Says:

Kimberly asked, “even Federer?”

Well, Kimberly, I’ll cross the bridge when I (or when they both) get there. :-)

Michael Says:

My Kudos to this amazing player. It is not that Del Potro only proved what he is capable of in this match. He was always considered a player with a big potential and he is one the very few players to have beat Fedal to win a Major. Ofcourse he must be sad with a loss like this in such a close match which could have gone either way. But there can only be one winner and he has to live with fact. He can ofcourse keep his held high for playing such a fabulous and marvellous match. He really took Novak to the brink of precipice. I have never seen Novak outsmarted in the back of the court like he was done today by Del Potro. If there was something which helped Novak to register a win, it was his incredible tenacity and the first serve percentage he managed to achieve. Once it went to the fifth set, I knew by heart that Novak would hold the edge but all credit to Del Potro, he kept fighting till the end.

James Says:

Asked what he needs to do to beat Novak, Delpo says “I need to hit harder my forehands next time.”
That’s sending a strong message!

Michael Says:


That is frightening to know that Del Potro is still capable of hitting the ball much harder. What a player he is !! It is quite unfortunate that such a player is frequented with physical challenges not allowing to show his best to the World.

James Says:


I know. The guy is really keen to be back in the top 5. I think he once again wants to show the world that he is better than his world ranking of 8 or 9. The competetion in the men’s tour is just getting more exciting.

Margot Says:

Got another fan yesterday. What a fighter!
Brilliant attitude.

Okiegal Says:

Del Po……..one neat guy. Love his attitude. I remember that one time Andy and DelPo had words at a match where DelPo made a remark about Andy’s mother…..always wondered what prompted that, because Del Po seems like such a nice guy. But, we can all have those “grumpy” days at times. Andy may have started it…….but Del Po finished it!! lol

M Says:

@Okiegal – JMDP and AndyMur apologized to one another and have moved past that thing.

Estimado cariño JMDP,

We believe in you. Just stay healthy, please.

Your fan,

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