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Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

Surely after watching his match today against Federer, even some of the doubters/haters who called him a fluke must have understood why/how Del Potro has got his hands on the US Open title, right?

He played an incredible match on his worst surface against the current #1, 7-time Wimbledon champions and his worst matchup on tour to boot. Not only was his hitting incredible, but his mentality too. His effort was nothing short of titanic. It is especially amazing that he is playing tennis of such great quality after everything he's been through, shows what a rare talent he is.

This is how he won a Slam back in 2009: huge yet consistent hitting off both wings, especially the forehand, and great play in clutch situations. It was his career threatening injury and surgery that made him cease to be a top player, not the so called flukish nature of his success.

But he's healthy now and rising again, as this week showed. At 23, he still has plenty of upside. I'm sure some doubters remain (either people who didn't watch the match or pure haters), but I believe this thread will be bumped in the near future as Juan Martin keeps climbing back to the world's top 4 and 'fluking' his way to some more great results.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'?

Why, because he failed to beat Olderer? That's not good enough to convince anyone.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

It is if people actually watched the match and didn't just follow the scoreboard.

Watching Del Potro play today, it's pretty easy to understand why and now he won a Grand Slam by beating Fedal back to bakc when he was 20.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

There is no such thing as fluke when you defeat Nadal and Federer to win your first grand slam. Delpo is young and still has a shot to win another GS. He was on fire and no one could stop him at the 2009 USopen.

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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

Well TBH I thought it was Roger who kept choking and making huge mistakes...
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

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There is no such thing as fluke when you defeat Nadal and Federer to win your first grand slam. Delpo is young and still has a shot to win another GS. Delpo was on fire and no one could stop him at the 2009 USopen.
I know that, just trying to see if the doubters/haters have changed their mind.

He did that at 20yo no less and against his worst matchup in the final, it was impressive

He can definitely win at least another one of course; he's just 23 (so he has upside) and there's no player below the age of 25 who's even remotely close to being as good as he is at the moment, so the future should be good for JMDP health allowing.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

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Well TBH I thought it was Roger who kept choking and making huge mistakes...
Hitting hard like Delpo does, doesn't make it any easy for Fed to employ his tactics
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

Roger wasn't great today, just like he wasn't in the US Open final. At least he didn't give away the match this time. The slam title was a fluke, end of story.

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Roger wasn't great today, just like he wasn't in the US Open final. At least he didn't give away the match this time. The slam title was a fluke, end of story.
Of course. Del Potro surely deserves no credit. His devastating power off both wings had surely nothing to do with Federer's errors
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

Del Potro was hitting the ball well today for his standards these days. Hitting the backhand better on the whole today and good depth, good balance and movement out to the backhand out wide. Still, Federer was far from his best today and it had nothing to do with Del Potro's play, Federer used to revel against powerful shots because his footwork was immense and he had great control and timing in being able to use the opponents pace, he wasn't quite Agassi on the half volley from the baseline but he was very good. He had the knack for anticipating the ball and this enabled his early preparation. You'll notice today when he's trying to handle these balls that he's trying more of a flick than anything else, when 5+ years ago the elbow was bent and the frame of the racket was horizontal. Add the wind to this and it's difficult. He's certainly far from what he was in this department as his footwork has become poorer and he doesn't have that same confidence.

Let's not attempt degrading Federer here to say he's not allowed to dictate the pace of a match. Even at his current level and age, he'll be the one dictating anyone on tour barring Nadal with a motivated performance.

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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

This thread is no attempt to degrade Federer, don't know where you got that from.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

I never thought he was in the first place.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

We'll have to see if he can come through and win a title with all the top guys playing, if he can do that then he can certainly start removing the 'flash in the pan' tag.

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This thread is no attempt to degrade Federer, don't know where you got that from.
I never said that.

And fluke and flash in the pan are two different things by the way.
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Re: Are people now finally convinced Del Potro isn't a 'fluke'/flash in the pan?

I never thought Delboy was a fluke but those that think so won't be convinced by today. They'd want to see him deny Roger another achievement for him to be worthwhile. Pathetic really.

I think time will show Delboy's no fluke but some people are not convinced of Roger's mastery (like Serbtards), so I find it hard people will shut up about Delboy just yet.


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