Del Potro and Tomic advance to the finals of the Apia International

Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic

By Dave Gertler

(January 10, 2014) SYDNEY – Juan Martin Del Potro put on a clinical display of dominant tennis to beat Dmitry Tursunov in the semifinals of the Apia International, on Friday.

Tursunov mustered all the defensive skills he could manage to try and hold off the Argentine world No.5, who seemed to be hitting bigger and moving around the court at a higher intensity than the Sydney crowd had yet seen in 2014. The 31-year-old Russian world No.32 fought well on serve but was unable to match the level of the 2009 US Open champion. While he kept up for most of the first set, only ceding one break toward the end for 4-6, the second set was more one-sided, Tursunov broken twice on the way to a 2-6 scoreline.

“I think I played the best match of the week,” said Del Potro, “I played great with my forehands and serves. I didn’t make easy errors and I play solid on the baselines and I play good dropshots, good volleys. I think I did everything okay, and I’m glad with my level of today. I’m looking forward for the final of tomorrow.”

When asked whether it was the announcement of the Australian Open draw earlier in the day that had been the catalyst for his performance today, Del Potro emphasized his focus on this tournament, saying, “I didn’t see (the draw) yet, and I don’t want to know yet. I think I’m trying to be professional. This tournament is not over yet for me. I have an important match tomorrow, so I try to just be focus on this tournament, on this draw, this schedule. And my team already knows they’re not allowed to talk about Melbourne yet.  My friends, too. If I can be focused just on in tournament it’s much better for me.”

While the second semifinal was being decided between Sergiy Stakhovsky and Bernard Tomic, Del Potro discussed his thoughts on playing Tomic – the eventual winner – saying, “He’s hitting harder his forehand. He been working a lot on that forehand I think. He improve a little bit his game. In the final everything can happen. Doesn’t matter who’s the favorite on the paper. The final must to be play, and tomorrow I can tell you who is the winner.”

Tomic’s win over Stakhovsky was a nervous one, Stakhovsky known as a net-rushing all-court player, and also famously for his upset over Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2013. In a topsy-turvy affair, Tomic seemed unsettled and less confident than the calculating, aggressive Tomic who had beaten Alexandr Dolgopolov the previous evening.

In the early stages of the match, Stakhovsky was the more aggressive and won the first set in a tie break. While Tomic and Stakhovsky together faced 11 break points in the first set, the second set saw only one break point – on Stakhovsky’s serve – which Tomic converted, to win the set 7-5, taking the match to a deciding set.

Stakhovsky’s unforced errors were a factor throughout the match, and were his downfall in the third set, along with some untimely double faults. Tomic became the more aggressive and relatively consistent player of the two, in a match largely characterized stalemate. Forcing the break of serve at 3-3, Tomic held for 5-3 and broke again to close out the match.

Tomic was realistic about his chances against Del Potro, and gave an honest assessment of his sketchy performance in the semifinal by saying he will need to, “Play the way I played in my first round and the quarters to win.”

Like Del Potro, Tomic – who it was announced today will face world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the first round at the Australian Open – was reluctant to cast his thoughts ahead to next week’s grand slam, saying, “My main priority is tomorrow night, and on Sunday I’ll think about the Australian Open.” When asked again, he said, “Like I said, we’ll talk about it Sunday.”

About Del Potro, Tomic said, “He can play amazing. I have to stick with him to have a chance. He could get tight and I play a little bit differently, so hopefully I can get buzzed up and play my tennis,” also adding that the Argentine’s forehand is the best on tour.

As an overall strategy going into the final, Tomic said, “I know what Juan is gonna be doing.  Obviously he’s very, very good at what he does. This is why he’s there. I have to do something different. I have to play my game. It’s a final. I’ll go out there, have fun, relax, and I’m going for the win.”


Top Seed Del Potro Pushed by Stepanek

Del Potro

By Dave Gertler

(January 9, 2014) We’re into the sharp end of the 2014 Apia International in Sydney, on a Thursday that features men’s quarterfinals and women’s semifinals matches on Ken Rosewall Arena, with a mix of singles and doubles matches being played on Grandstand Court.

The biggest drawcard of the men’s tournament, Juan Martin Del Potro, had to contend with consistent pressure from Radek Stepanek throughout their two hour and eight minute quarterfinal. After Del Potro served well to seal the first set 6-4, the Czech 35-year-old played high-risk tennis which seemed to affect Del Potro’s confidence and energy levels, particularly in the second set, during which Stepanek outplayed his opponent, ranked 40 places above him, to win it 6-3.

After being broken in the second set, Del Potro was visibly frustrated, and experienced a dip in energy, errors frequently coming off his racquet.

Post-match he described a moment when he almost smashed his racquet, saying, “Yeah, I was close, but I can’t do that yet. When I get eight or ten racquets, I will smash all of them. I will talk before with the chair umpire to don’t call me a code violation or something. I have to be allowed to do that after two years maybe.”

The third set provided some of the most entertaining tennis seen so far in the 2014 Apia International, when Del Potro lifted his game to match the swashbuckling net-rushing of the world No.45. Whereas in the second set, Del Potro had faced eight break points, saving only five, he proved the better player on all the big points, only allowing Stepanek one break point, which he saved. Del Potro’s break came early at one game all, and with the help of a small but vocal Argentinian contingent on Ken Rosewall Arena, was able to hold onto the advantage and take the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Talking about his growing confidence toward the end of the match, he said, “I’m trying to be calm all the time.  I was positive every moment of the match.  Even Radek improve his game during the second set, I was positive, waiting for my chance, and I play a fantastic two pints in the third game of the third set to break his serve. Then I serve okay.  Just doing my job, and I was close the match really calm.”

In the second men’s quarterfinal, Dmitry Tursonov defeated Denis Istomin 7-6, 6-2. Del Potro and Tursonov will meet in Friday’s men’s semifinal.

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .


Del Potro Survives Test from Mahut to Advance in Sydney

Juan Martin Del Potro

(January 8, 2014) SYDNEY – Sydney top seed Juan Martin Del Potro had to rally to beat Nicolas Mahut 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in his opening match of the tournament.

“I think to be my first match after two months it was okay,” note the Argentine.  “The court and the balls are really fast and it’s tough to play long rallies.

“And also Mahut serves really well, and he played a lot of slices and volleys.  It’s tough to feel the ball on the baseline.  In the end I broke his serve in the third set, only once, and that was enough to close the match.”

The world No. 5 gets another challenge in Czech Radek Stepanek next.

“He’s a really tough opponent,” Del Potro said.  “They won the Davis Cup, so he must feel confidence playing in this surface.  He has experience.  He’s doing really well in doubles matches, too.

“We play many times.  Every match was close.  I need to improve a little bit my game basically when I start the match and then see what’s happen.

“I’m glad to be in quarterfinals here once again, and I am looking forward to go far in this tournament.”

In other men’s matches, Alexandr Dolgopolov upset second seed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-2, 6-2 while defending champion Bernard Tomic moved in the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Blaz Kavcic.

“I’m trying to prepare as best I can,” Tomic said.  “I’m not looking at this to defend my title, like I said yesterday.  I’m looking to win another one.  I believe I can do it.

“Eight players left.  I’m confident.  I’m going to keep trying.  Tomorrow is a difficult match.  I’ve got to go out there and play tennis like I did in the first round, ant that’s going to give me the best chance of winning.

Tomic is the defending champion at the Apia International.

Tennis Panorama News is in Sydney Australia covering the Apia International tennis tournament. Follow the Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN


2014 Tennis Season, More of the Same for the Men?

Centre Court-001

By James A. Crabtree


(November 24, 2013) Of those who can truly challenge for a major, the list is very small. Consider in 2002 when swede Thomas Johansson won the Australian Open as the 16th seed or Gustavo Kuerten won the French Open ranked 66th in the world. Compare that with today’s rankings and we have Fabio Fognini winning in Melbourne and Yen-Hsun Lu in Paris. If you think that either of these results is far fetched for 2014 you are on the money.


When fourth seed David Ferrer made the French open final this past year nobody but his mother felt he could win it. Not surprising considering his opposition, Rafael Nadal, has only lost once out of the sixty matches played at Roland Garros. Only a mad man would bet against him over five sets on clay.


Add that to the fact the big four have not only dominated the slams but since 2009 only Nikolay Davydenko, Ferrer, Ivan Ljubicic, Andy Roddick and Robin Soderling have been able to add their names to the ATP 1000 champions list. That is only five differing names to the usual four out of 45 tournaments.


Although the dominance of the big 4 has been lessened since the 2013 horror campaign of Roger Federer, the collection of contenders hasn’t been increased far beyond those players who have won a slam in the past. When looking at the others within the top ten all have their flaws. Tomas Berdych struggles when playing any final. Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer don’t have the fire power to notch big back-to-back wins. Stan Wawrinka has the firepower and the arrogance but not the physical stamina. Comparatively Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has the arrogance and firepower but not the mental fortitude. That leaves Juan Martin Del Potro, the scariest opponent not named Novak, Rafa, Roger or Andy.


Australian Open, Return of the Muzzer


Yes, seriously. Andy Murray will be refreshed and hungry and will look for glory at a venue he has been a three time finalist. A fourth consecutive triumph for Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, even on current form, seems a bridge too far.


Look for Federer to regain some form and make the semi-finals once more.


Rafael Nadal

French Open, As predictable as a Vin Diesel movie


Novak Djokovic will have to wait one more year before he can unify the all four career majors belt.


Nadal on the ultra-slow clay of Roland Garros is too much for any mortal. It is impossible to argue with a 98.33 winning percentage over nine years. All we can say is shame on you Robin Soderling for ruining slam perfection.


Djokovic wins 89

Wimbledon, Novak Vengeance


By June Djokovic is going to be mighty mighty angry. Not only that, he is going to make both Andy Murray and the British crowd pay for the previous year. Look for Djokovic to sneak this one in 5 sets.



U.S. Open, The Federer Redemption?


This is a really 50-50 call between old man Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro has a good case as he was the best player to not win a slam this past year. Federer has a case because, regardless of form, he is still Federer. On top of that history often likes to repeat itself in certain ways and it would be quite fitting for Federer to snatch a triumph in New York as Pete Sampras did in 2002.


James Crabtree is a journalist living in Melbourne. Follow him on twitter @JamesACrabtree


Roger Federer Sets Up a Semi-final Clash with Rafel Nadal


(November 9, 2013) LONDON – In easily one of the best matches seen at the World Tour Finals this year, Roger Federer clinched a place in the semi-final after a hard fought match against Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday.


Six-times a champion at the season-ending champions. Federer had to come back from 0-3 down in final set after going down a set to Del Potro, closing out the victory 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.


It has not been the greatest year for the Swiss and although he has been playing himself into form over the past couple of tournaments, when the tall Argentine went ahead, many feared this would be the end of his run in London.


But it was an impressive comeback in the second set despite being broken by Del Potro again early in the second set. Federer dominated the tie-break as the pair did battle for the third time in as many weeks.


Federer had to kick himself into gear after going down another break at the third of the start set.


“I was probably slightly angry more than thinking it’s going to be over soon,” said Federer, “It’s one of those moments today, because I kind of fought back the whole match – the first, second set. Here we go again.”


He certainly finished with a flourish, sending down an ace to set up the day session semi-final with Rafael Nadal.


Del Potro was left to rue his chances missed.


“I think I got two chances to win the match,” said del Potro. “I broke his serve in the second set and in the third one. But he played great when I was up, and he deserved to come back in both sets.”


Novak Djokovic Seals Semi-final place in London


Djokovic wins 89

(November 7, 2013) LONDON – The defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


Despite perhaps a shakier start than you would expect, pulled to deuce in the opening game, Djokovic quickly got into his stride, whereas Del Potro seemed to slide more than stride on a particular section of court, numerous times.


At times the crowd (who did seem to favour Del Potro as the underdog) were treated to some breath-taking shots from Djokovic and all it took was a single break to take the first set.


As can often be the way with the tall Argentinian, he needed to be behind to get that all important push, as he started to step up the aggression and add some much needed pace to his shots, and he too just needed a single break to take the match into a decider.


The third set saw both players perhaps a little tentative, and Djokovic seemed to be happy just doing enough to defend, but where Del Potro needed to find that pace again, there was just a sense that a break was on the cards.


In a match where the single breaks of serve all came at the score of 3-2, Djokovic’s consistency won through with a winning backhand down the line.


After the match he said: “I just needed to stay tough. I saved a few breakpoints in the start of the third set. [I] had opportunities in that game on 3-2, [and] used it. I just tried to make him play.”


Djokovic was asked if it’s been a frustrating year not claiming the No. 1 ranking. “Look, you know, it’s not frustrating for me,” said the six-time major winner.  “For me, actually it’s a very encouraging circumstances I am in right now the last two months.  I’m playing the best tennis I think I played throughout the whole season.  That’s something that I take as a positive for this moment and for obviously next season.  I’m definitely feeling confident, more confident than I was a few months ago.


“And Nadal has ended as world No. 1 in 2013, and he deserves that.  No question about it.  He won two Grand Slams.  He played the best tennis this year.”


Djokovic who is undefeated since the US Open final admitted that he has plenty of motivation since his Flushing Meadow’s loss.


“I cannot complain.  There is plenty of motivation.  As long as it’s like that, I’ll be pushing myself every day to work hard and hope that that work will pay off on the court.


“I did lose two big matches, finals of Wimbledon and US Open, and the one in semifinals of French Open was probably the toughest loss of the year.  But that’s sport.  You cannot win all the matches.  The most important thing is that when you’re down, you stand up and you become stronger.


“That’s kind of a motto that I have.”


Tennis Panorama News is in London covering the ATP World Tour Finals.  Follow our twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN.


ATP World Tour Finals

November 7, 2013 Results

Singles – Group B Round Robin
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [4] J del Potro (ARG) 63 36 63
[6] R Federer (SUI) d [8] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 63

Doubles – Group A Round Robin

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [5] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 76(3) 16 14-12 – saved 1 M.P.
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 36 10-2 


Del Potro Rallies Past Gasquet at ATP World Tour Finals


(November 4, 2013 LONDON – Juan Martin Del Potro got off to winning ways against Richard Gasquet in a top quality evening match to round off the first day’s action at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in Group B play.


From the first rally, it was clear that both players meant business, and initially it was Del Potro that looked the stronger, not losing a single point on his serve for his first three games.


It took just a momentary lapse of concentration from the Argentine to allow Gasquet to break him but Del Potro broke straight back as they battled their way to a first set tie-break.


Eventually the Frenchman edged in to take the lead as he competed in the season-ending finale for the first time in six years.


But the second set was a different story as some lapses in Gasquet’s concentration let Del Potro take control of the second set, taking it to a decider.


You felt that midway through the deciding set, it would be crucial for Gasquet to hold on to his serve, but a couple of double-faults handed the advantage back to Del Potro.


It took the tall Argentine two attempts to close out the match, as fatigue was setting in, but it was a great win and a fantastic start to the tournament 6-7, 6-3, 7-5.


“I tried to fight as much as I could,” Gasquet said of the disappointing loss. “And I, yeah, played well. It was a great match for me. I think I was really close to win that match.


“As I said, I tried my best. He did very good, too. It was a long match. Very tiring for me. I think he was just a little bit better than me.”


“A lot of pressure basically against Richard, because I think in my next two matches I will have nothing to lose,” Del Potro said. “If I was to pass the group, today match was the key to stay alive and with chances. That’s what I feel nervous.


“I think I never win my first match in the Masters Cup. It’s my first victory today. That’s also make me feel nervous.


“But now I’m feeling so glad to beat Richard. I’m still with chances to go through.”


Del Potro admitted that he was having problems with his focus, partially due to being robbed at a the train station in Paris on Saturday where he lost not only his passport but a rosary given to him by Pope Francis.
“Yeah, one of my things was the rosary,” Del Potro said. “But I have a few things which means a lot from my life. I don’t have it anymore.”
The Argentine, who is in the very competative Group B still has to play both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in round-robin play and talked about the challenge.

“Well, the next two matches going to be different, different opponents,”he said. “We play many times this year each other. I just beat Roger two weeks ago. He beat me last week. We always play good matches. So I will see against him.
And Novak is playing really well. Is unbeatable after the US Open. He won in Beijing, then Shanghai and in Paris also.

“So what I say before, I don’t have nothing to lose against them. It’s another good chance to play good tennis and get closer to the best of the world.”

Tennis Panorama News is in London covering the ATP World Tour Finals.  Follow our twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN.




Singles – Group A Round Robin
[7] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [5] T Berdych (CZE) 63 67(0) 63

Singles – Group B Round Robin

[4] J del Potro (ARG) d [8] R Gasquet (FRA) 67(4) 63 75

Doubles – Group A Round Robin

[8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [5] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 63 76(8)

Doubles – Group B Round Robin

[6] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [4] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 61 64 


Lleyton Hewitt Stuns Juan Martin Del Poto in Five Sets at US Open


(August 30, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Twelve years ago Australian Lleyton Hewitt won the US Open title. At 32-years-old the veteran and former No. 1, came back to upset sixth seed and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Poto Potro 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 in four hours and three minutes, to move into the third round of the US Open.

“It was unbelievable atmosphere,” Hewitt said. “I just kept fighting and putting it out there.  You know, I kept coming at him the whole night.  Felt like I was seeing the ball well.  Felt like I played a good game plan for most of the night as well.

“Yeah, through the fourth set I felt like even though I was down on the scoreboard two sets to one, I felt like I was getting in more of his service games, holding a little bit more comfortable.  Possibly he was getting that half a step slower through that fourth set.”

“A couple years ago, when I had a couple foot surgeries, I didn’t know if I was going to play tennis again,” Hewitt said.

“For me to be out here competing, it’s a … lot of fun. I cherish every match I get out there. This is why I still play, to have moments like this.”

The difference in the match came in the unforced errors department. Del Potro made 70 errors with most of them coming on his backhand side.

“He’s a great champion, a great fighter, and for the second round, he’s a very difficult player to play,” Del Potro said.

”I wish all the best.  I like when he’s winning and when he’s doing well, he’s healthy.  He play like he has a chance to go far in this tournament.

”Of course, I wish all the best to him.  I have a good relationship.  He’s a very good player to play, and that’s it.”


Hewitt will play 102nd-ranked Evgeny Donskoy of Russia in the third round.

“I hit with him a couple of days ago,” Hewitt said. “First time I’d ever seen him.”

“We practiced the day before my first‑round match.  Yeah, his coach just came up and asked.  I didn’t really know the guy at all.  It was only because we both had Wednesday starts that we hit together.

“Yeah, he’s a typical sort of Russian/Czech kind of player.  Good double‑handed backhand.  Very good across the baseline with both his groundstrokes.  Hits the ball pretty flat.  He’s kind of a Davydenko kind of player.

“He’s not going to be easy by no means.  I think he beat Youzhny at the Aussie Open this year and had some decent wins.

“I’ll enjoy the win tonight, recovery tomorrow, and start focusing on that.”


Murray and Nadal Advance Montreal

Andy Murray

(August 7, 2013) Andy Murray returned to the court for the first time since winning the Wimbledon title last month in victorious fashion by defeating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Wednesday in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

“I was pretty nervous before the match, which is a good sign,” Murray admitted. “I remember after the US Open last year, I kind of went into the Asia swing.  I didn’t feel nervous on the court.  I felt pretty relaxed and loose, not too worried about what was happening.

“It was a bit different today.  I was pretty nervous beforehand.  That was a good sign.  I’m pretty ready to move forward and not think too much about Wimbledon and concentrate on the US Open.

Rafael Nadal also playing for the first time since losing his first round match at Wimbledon, destroyed Canada’s Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0.

Juan Martin Del Potro rallied from two breaks down in the third set to beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the last match on Centre Court.


Singles – Second Round
[2] A Murray (GBR) d M Granollers (ESP) 64 76(2)
[Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d [3] D Ferrer (ESP) 62 64
[4] R Nadal (ESP) d [WC] J Levine (CAN) 62 60
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 64
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) d I Dodig (CRO) 64 46 75
B Paire (FRA) d [8] S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 76(2)
[Q] M Matosevic (AUS) d [10] T Haas (GER) 50 Retired (right shoulder)
[11] M Raonic (CAN) d M Youzhny (RUS) 64 64
E Gulbis (LAT) d [13] F Fognini (ITA) 63 16 61
[15] J Janowicz (POL) d [WC] F Dancevic (CAN) 76(5) 36 64
D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] F Peliwo (CAN) 63 36 63
[WC] V Pospisil (CAN) d R Stepanek (CZE) 62 64
N Davydenko (RUS) d P Andujar (ESP) 61 46 63

Doubles – Second Round
[7] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d T Haas (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) walkover (Haas – right shoulder)
First Round
C Fleming (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) d J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 16 64 10-6
T Berdych (CZE) / M Llodra (FRA) d M Klizan (SVK) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 62 63
G Dimitrov (BUL) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] F Dancevic (CAN) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 76(6) 63

CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[4] R Nadal (ESP) vs [15] J Janowicz (POL)
Not Before 14:00
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
Not Before 18:00
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [11] M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 20:00
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Istomin (UZB)

BN COURT start 12:00
[Q] M Matosevic (AUS) vs B Paire (FRA)
[5] T Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] V Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 15:00
N Davydenko (RUS) vs [Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
Not Before 19:00
[9] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs A Seppi (ITA) / M Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 9 start 12:00
[8] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
P Andujar (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) vs [5] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) – After Suitable Rest
[4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs C Fleming (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) – After Suitable Rest
G Dimitrov (BUL) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

COURT 5 start 14:00
D Inglot (GBR) / J Janowicz (POL) vs [6] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) – After Suitable Rest
T Berdych (CZE) / M Llodra (FRA) vs [3] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)


Del Potro MRI Shows a Mild Strain to Left Knee, Set to Resume Training Next Week

Juan Martin Del Potro


(July 10, 2013) Juan Martin Del Potro had an MRI in Buenos Aires which showed that the Argentina suffered a mild strain  of his left knee as a result of falling during his round third round match against  Grega Zemlja at Wimbledon.
In a statement from Del Potro’s communications manager, Jorge Viale:
The MRI showed that the ligaments and meniscus weren’t affected.
Delpo is undergoing treatment, exercising lightly and will start training next week to get ready for the hard court season.