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The rise and fall of Juan Martin del Potro

Persimmon
05-05-2010, 03:18 AM
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.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/tennis/2010/05/the_rise_and_fall_of_juan_martin_del_potro.html

DualMedia
05-05-2010, 03:21 AM
He Isnt Falling, He Is Injured! Give Him Some Time, Be Patient

RedFury
05-05-2010, 03:26 AM
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.

Macbrother
05-05-2010, 05:59 AM
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.

wackykid
05-05-2010, 09:34 AM
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...


regards,
wacky

Action Jackson
05-05-2010, 09:35 AM
Knee jerk reaction.

r2473
05-05-2010, 04:27 PM
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

serveandvolley80
05-05-2010, 06:16 PM
Knee jerk reaction.

No its his wrist.

Xristos
05-05-2010, 06:19 PM
He shall be back.

Michael Bluth
05-05-2010, 06:28 PM
If you strike him down he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

propi
05-05-2010, 07:15 PM
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

yesyesok
05-05-2010, 08:49 PM
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.

rubbERR
05-05-2010, 08:53 PM
surgery right after wrist tendonitis diagnose? that would be extremely foolish

rubbERR
05-05-2010, 08:58 PM
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

rubbERR
05-05-2010, 09:00 PM
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

Matt01
05-05-2010, 09:00 PM
No its his wrist.

:haha:

2003
05-05-2010, 10:18 PM
u can't be top of the world if you are only fit to play half a season every time...
regards,
wacky

Rafael Nadal? :o

wackykid
05-06-2010, 02:49 AM
Rafael Nadal? :o

u should realize that nadal did not become the TOP of the world when playing only half the season either... and coming out at 2nd (or lower) is not quite "at the top" ...



regards,
wacky

2003
05-06-2010, 10:17 AM
u should realize that nadal did not become the TOP of the world when playing only half the season either... and coming out at 2nd (or lower) is not quite "at the top" ...



regards,
wacky

Even when Capsicala was numbero uno in 2008, he only really peaked half the year, he was blasted off the court most of the rest of the time (Jo Wilfried Ponga anyone?).

wackykid
05-06-2010, 10:29 AM
Even when Capsicala was numbero uno in 2008, he only really peaked half the year, he was blasted off the court most of the rest of the time (Jo Wilfried Ponga anyone?).

oh really?? and which half was that? from here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Nadal_career_statistics

he became world no.1 on 18th aug... after olympics... so at that time he has 1 GS SF (AO)... 2 GS wins (RG, wimbly)... 3 x ATP1000 (MC, Hamburg, Canada) wins... 2 x ATP 1000 runner up (paris 2007, miami) ... 2 x ATP 1000 semi finalist (IW, Madrid) ... and an olympics gold.... the only "screw ups" are Rome 2R and Cincy 2007 2R... and USO 4R...

so how does that account for "peaking half a season" when i'd say at most 1/4 of the season is considered "screw ups"..?


regards,
wacky

nanoman
05-06-2010, 11:51 AM
Guys, stop the Nadal comparisons. This is a REAL injury.

2003
05-06-2010, 12:26 PM
If the injury is effecting his Auto-Erotic activities, the panic attacks are understandable.

FiBeR
05-06-2010, 01:51 PM
If the injury is effecting his Auto-Erotic activities, the panic attacks are understandable.

:retard: AC

Filo V.
05-06-2010, 01:51 PM
He's hasn't fallen, he's had a setback and a moment in his life he will need to fight through, but there is no reason he can't do so and get back to winning.

Ariel
05-07-2010, 12:21 AM
Hopefully he'll come back when the time is right and work his way back up. But it can't be ignored that he is injury prone. And I agree with a previous poster that this injury will have been a very strong wake up call to have a closer look at his fitness regimen and how he can strengthen areas of vulnerability. Look at what injury-prone Ferrero has done, albeit he's older but he sought out specialists who analyzed his injury pattern and came up with exercises to combat fatigue and wear and tear on muscles and he's been relatively injury-free. I say relatively. Delpo needs to do the same; just sorry that it has to happen to him so early in his career but it may be all to the good.

I'll wait patiently for his return. :)

2003
09-15-2010, 07:53 AM
I can't believe I a saying this, as a former Del Potro hater, I can't wait for the big Argentine to coe back and rip Rafa a new one

laurie-1
09-15-2010, 09:37 AM
The Big Man will be back....

Topspindoctor
09-15-2010, 09:47 AM
Guys, stop the Nadal comparisons. This is a REAL injury.

:retard:

nastoff
09-15-2010, 09:49 AM
only #34, he will pick it up from where he left off and will be in the top 15 in no time.

There are so many mugs occupying those positions from #15 to his.

born_on_clay
09-15-2010, 09:52 AM
He Isnt Falling, He Is Injured! Give Him Some Time, Be Patient

+1 :rolleyes:

nadal_slam_king
09-15-2010, 10:52 AM
Del Potro sucks (relatively) on grass, so I wouldn't say he can beat anyone on any surface. And he's not bad on clay, but I think Djokovic is a bigger threat to Rafa on clay. And Del Potro hasn't done anything at the Australian Open yet and his worst loss ever was to Federer there.

Matt01
09-15-2010, 04:34 PM
I can't believe I a saying this, as a former Del Potro hater, I can't wait for the big Argentine to coe back and rip Rafa a new one


Yeah, that's the real reason why many people here want him to come back. :rolleyes:

Guga_fan
09-15-2010, 04:44 PM
By the way, any news about his comeback?

kindling
09-15-2010, 05:14 PM
Being that it seems to take tennis players forever to get their game back after injury, it'll be 2020 before he finds his game again.

ImmzB
09-15-2010, 06:04 PM
By the way, any news about his comeback?

He is scheduled to come back in Bangkok.