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The rise and fall of Juan Martin del Potro

By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian
May 04, 2010, 10:17AM



Last year gave us the mammoth five-set Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling's huge upset of Nadal at the French Open, Federer's first Roland Garros title and the epic 16-14 Wimbledon fifth set that made Federer the career major record holder.

But perhaps the biggest wow was young Juan Martin del Potro's semifinal destruction of Nadal and come-from-behind final-round triumph over Federer to win the U.S. Open. We had been talking about the Big Four -- Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray -- for so long that it had become conventional wisdom that no one else had a shot at a major title.

Now, suddenly, we were in the era of the Big Five. Here was a big, powerful guy who also moved well and was mentally tough. Here was a guy who could beat Federer and Nadal -- and anyone else -- on any surface. Tantalizing new rivalries (Nadal-del Potro, maybe Murray-del Potro) loomed.

Unfortunately, it now looks like the sophomore jinx has done what Federer and Nadal couldn't. The wrist injury the Argentine has been nursing since the Australian Open hasn't been getting better, and so today he goes under the knife.

Said del Potro in a statement: "As you understand, it's not a joyous time in my life, but I'm accustomed to fighting adversity and I have the strength to come through this."

No doubt he will come through it, but not in time for the French Open or Wimbledon -- quite possibly not even in time for the U.S. Open.

This is a shame. Now that del Potro has shown us what he can do, the Big Four no longer feels like enough.

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He Isnt Falling, He Is Injured! Give Him Some Time, Be Patient
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What's with the "fall" crap? If anything, it's a "set-back." Del Potro's still a kid -- I expect him to come back with a bang.

Best wishes for La Torre de Tandil.

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Said del Potro in a statement: "As you understand, it's not a joyous time in my life, but I'm accustomed to fighting adversity and I have the strength to come through this."
Strong words from the champion. Wish him a speedy, healthy recovery.

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What's with the "fall" crap? If anything, it's a "set-back." Del Potro's still a kid -- I expect him to come back with a bang.

Best wishes for La Torre de Tandil.
but it's already a major concern that at such a young age he can get himself into such a serious injury... it may have many long term implications... plus it may suggest that he is physically fragile... and if he does not improve himself physically... the kind of tennis he plays may continue to haunt him with many more serious injuries...

u can't be top of the world if you are only fit to play half a season every time...


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Re: The rise and fall of Juan Martin del Potro

Knee jerk reaction.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Knee jerk reaction.
No its his wrist.
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He shall be back.

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If you strike him down he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
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Big four?? What kind of bull sh*t is that??
Heck I doubt there's a big three but I still could consider it as Novak has big titles in his resumee

Carlos, Tommy, Rafa, Feli, Nicolás, Marcel
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If he had had surgery right away he would probably be back now. He will have a fight to get back up the rankings but no doubt he will succeed.
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surgery right after wrist tendonitis diagnose? that would be extremely foolish
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If he had had surgery right away he would probably be back now. He will have a fight to get back up the rankings but no doubt he will succeed.
easy to delpo, it was meteoric rise 2008 and he can do same this time...remember if he falls out top 30 end of the year he can add many more 250 results his ranking points next year :P
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bad thing is that his matches are probably not televised if he doesnt play against good ranked players :'(

so yes...you can say that it was rise and fall
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