Murray, Del Potro v Monfils On Tap Wednesday In Rotterdam
by Staff | February 11th, 2014, 11:03 pm

Nursing an ailing left wrist, defending champion Juan Martin del Potro returns to action Wednesday in Rotterdam. The Argentine who revealed last month that his left wrist led to a quick exit at the Australian Open, meets the hot-handed Gael Monfils.

“I had played well in Sydney, but when I got to Melbourne the surface was faster and the balls were different,” said del Potro. “I started to feel something wrong at the beginning of the tournament [against Rhyne Williams]. After my five-set match against [Roberto] Bautista Agut, that is when I sought advice from my doctor.”

Under advisement from his doctor in Rochester, Minn, del Potro has already started treatment.

“Wrist is improving day by day. Dr. Berger is hopeful that my wrist will recover very fast. It is improving slowly, but at least it is improving,” he said.

“This year, I am trying to find a different treatment to fix the injury, to ensure that I can play the whole season.

“I am positive. I would like to remain in the Top 5 and potentially rise into the Top 3. It will be difficult to pass Rafa, Djokovic and Wawrinka, particularly after his recent Australian Open win. But I’m not the only one in the Top 10 who has a lot of points to defend.

“I hope to do well in the Grand Slams and, at the end of the season, be close to the Top 3. Wawrinka took his chance and he got it. I want to again.”

The Frenchman Monfils, however, has only lost to one player all year, twice Rafael Nadal. Monfils just won the Montpellier title on Sunday.

Andy Murray is also in action. The Scot will meet Roger-Vasselin.

“I quite fancied playing a tournament before going to Acapulco,” Murray said. “I like the tournament, it is close to London and [as] I don’t have many [Emirates ATP Rankings] points to defend over the next few weeks, it was an opportunity to improve my ranking and to get back on a match court again.

“It is important for me to challenge my body just now, to see how good it is,” he said. “I obviously played my first five set matches in Australia, then in the Davis Cup. In those events you have a day off between matches, but if I play well this week I will be competing a few days in a row. The next month or two, I will still be learning about my body. But so far it has been good.”

Following back surgery last September, Murray lost in the second round in Doha, then fell to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Last weekend he led Great Britain to a win over the USA.

This week he opted to take a wildcard into Rotterdam.

“When I played Federer in the [Australian Open] quarterfinals that was a bit of a shock to the system,” Murray admitted. “The Australian Open may have been a little bit too soon, but I wasn’t far off. My body was stiff and sore after the match.”

Also on Wednesday, Tommy Haas battles Fernando Verdasco and Marin Cilic continues his comeback against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Earlier today Grigor Dimitrov and Jerzy Janowicz were both winners. Dimitrov will now play Ernests Gulbis on Thursday.

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9 Comments for Murray, Del Potro v Monfils On Tap Wednesday In Rotterdam

Hippy Chic Says:

I was surprised Andy decided to play this week,but been as he has,i hope he has a great week,cant wait to watch him in action,Delpo is the player that should be worried about the wrist injury he says its on the mend,then why doesnt he rest it then?

Giles Says:

Grigor v Gulbis should be a good one.

Hippy Chic Says:

Yeah come on Grigor whos much more talented,also i cannot stand Gulbis.

Colin Says:

Delpo is perhaps the only player who doesn’t get accused of faking injuries. In his case they are only too horribly convincing, though once he’s begun a match he’ll finish it unless he’s actually dead! The best of luck to him, but I do fear injuries may stop him winning any more Slam titles.

After the Aussie Open, it’s great (if you’re British)to watch Andy and still get a night’s sleep. I wouldn’t expect him to be back to form sufficiently to win the Rotterdam title, but if he could, he’d immediately jump to 5th in the rankings, wouldn’t he?
We shall see…

Perfect fan Says:

Murray vs Delpo final will be a cracker of a contest, provided both r fully fit. Looking forward to that as I rly enjoy this match-up.

Brando Says:

Agree: Murray v Del Potrero would be a cracking final. But I’d be surprised to see one of them in the final, let alone both. I fancy Andy to do well here more so than Delpo. Good luck to both of them. Hopefully they’ll have a good week on fitness side of things.

the DA Says:

I don’t know, Delpo looked pretty sharp in his defeat of Monfils. I did only catch the end though. Was he great throughout or was Gael being Gael in the first set?

Looking forward to seeing how Andy does here this. The last visit wasn’t one of his best moments.

the DA Says:

oof, “does here this”? I swear I haven’t been drinking. I saw some tweets by tennis reporters and the consensus was that Delpo vs Monfils wasn’t a pretty match.

the DA Says:

Well that wasn’t too bad – Muzza through in straight sets. Great first set but lost a little focus in the 2nd set. Mumbling to himself over easy misses (iow, he’s back). Strangely the power strokes were great but his touch was off. Some of those volleys would have worked better with a frying pan. I’ll take it.

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