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Hendu
09-28-2006, 04:18 PM
This is JMDP's News and Articles Thread!!!

The kid is already making waves in the ATP Tour and the press has noticed him.

This is the place to post all news, interviews and articles related to Juan Martín.

:wavey:

PoderShileno
09-28-2006, 05:43 PM
:yeah:

Hendu
09-28-2006, 05:57 PM
Del Potro shocks Moya

Unseeded Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro sent Spanish fifth seed Carlos Moya packing 6-3 6-2 in the first round of the inaugural ATP Mumbai Open on Tuesday.

Potro, who turned 18 on Saturday, dispatched the former French Open champion in just over an hour for what was easily the biggest victory of his career.

Moya, ranked 43rd in the world, is a favourite in India where he has won the Chennai Open twice and finished runner-up to Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in January.

But he made too many errors as the 1.95-metre Potro, ranked 106 in the world, pounded him with big serves and powerful strokes.

"It's a very big win as he is a big-calibre player and one of my heroes," Potro told reporters through an interpreter.

"Obviously it gives me a lot of confidence to go on in the tournament."

"I played on his backhand because he likes to move around on his forehand," said Potro, who added that he was playing his first Tour event on hard court. All his previous tournaments were on clay.

"I had an off day," said Moya. "I was just not hitting well."

"He hits the ball very hard. I think he has a bright future."

Stefan Koubek of Austria beat seventh seeded Argentine Juan Monaco 7-6 6-4 in the day's other upset. Eighth seed Wesley Moodie of South Africa downed Indian wildcard Rohan Bopanna 3-6 7-6 6-4.

Link (http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/atp-mumbai/2006/sport_sto972421.shtml)

*Ljubica*
09-29-2006, 12:06 PM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sp/spt/4221804.html

El argentino Juan Martín del Potro no pudo con el agobiante calor y abandonó en el segundo set su partido con el paraguayo Ramón Delgado por los octavos de final del Abierto de Mumbai.Del Potro, quien acaba de cumplir los 18 años y venía de ganarle al ex número uno del mundo Carlos Moyá, perdía 6-3, 4-1 cuando se vio afectado por una molestia estomocal provocada por la extrema humedad. El argentino vomitó a un costado de la cancha. La humedad en esta metrópolis del oeste de India llegó a estar sobre el 70% durante el día.

TRANSLATION:-

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro was unable to deal with the extreme heat and had to abandon his match in the second set against Ramon Delgado in Mumbai. Del Potro, who has just reached 18 years and overcame former World Number 1 Carlos Moya in the previous round, was trailing 3-6, 1-4 when he was affected by a stomach problem caused by the extreme humidity. The Argentine vomited on the side of the court. The humidity in the Western Indian city is around 70% during the day.

Enjoy Incubus
09-29-2006, 01:10 PM
Thx for this info Rosie, quite important for us:)

*Ljubica*
10-03-2006, 03:36 PM
From the front page of the ATP site today:

Del Potro Stuns Ginepri; Henman Next

Argentine teenager Juan Martin Del Potro (pictured) stands on the verge of a place in the Top 100 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings following a 6-2, 6-2 second round victory over seventh-seeded Robby Ginepri at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Del Potro, who reached the Umag quarterfinals (l. to Wawrinka) in July and has won two ATP Challenger circuit title in Aguascalientes and Segovia this season, will next meet No. 10 seed Tim Henman.

Henman knocked out Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-2, 6-1 in his first visit to Tokyo since 1998. The 32-year-old Briton made his ATP debut as a qualifier at the tournament 12 years ago, falling in the third round to Pete Sampras.


WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Henman: "I have fond memories of Tokyo because it is here in 1994 that I qualified for my first ATP main draw event, won two rounds and played against Sampras on the Centre Court. I wanted to play the Asian tour again last year but I had the back injury and I had to pull out."

Del Potro: "I served very well today and that took pressure off me. [Ginepri] gave me a couple of opportunities and I took them. I like to play on these courts, hard is my favorite surface."

On his next opponent: "I was playing against Henman on the PlayStation last year and now I meet him for real on a tennis court! I am looking forward to that."

*Ljubica*
10-10-2006, 03:49 PM
Here is a short article from today's Clarins http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/10/10/deportes/d-06601.htm

Interestingly it says that Juan WILL be at the Madrid Masters for qualifying - which either means there are an awful lot more withdrawals than we know about - or all the rumours of him getting a quallie Wild Card there are correct after all :)

Hendu
10-10-2006, 04:15 PM
Here is a short article from today's Clarins http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/10/10/deportes/d-06601.htm

Interestingly it says that Juan WILL be at the Madrid Masters for qualifying - which either means there are an awful lot more withdrawals than we know about - or all the rumours of him getting a quallie Wild Card there are correct after all :)

It says "jugaría", which is potential... so, we will see what happens.

He would play Madrid, and then some challengers.

Anyway, good news. :)

*Ljubica*
10-10-2006, 05:10 PM
It says "jugaría", which is potential... so, we will see what happens.

He would play Madrid, and then some challengers.

Anyway, good news. :)

Thanks- I get my "jugara" and "jugaria" mixed up!!! Potentially he must be pretty sure of playing though, as I assume he must be hanging around in Europe waiting - no point in being told on Friday that he has to play in Madrid on Saturday if he is already back in Argentina :confused:

Hendu
10-10-2006, 07:43 PM
Thanks- I get my "jugara" and "jugaria" mixed up!!! Potentially he must be pretty sure of playing though, as I assume he must be hanging around in Europe waiting - no point in being told on Friday that he has to play in Madrid on Saturday if he is already back in Argentina :confused:

Well, actually you mixed up "jugaría" with "jugará" (without the stress it has another meaning...). ;)

Isn't Spanish and its verbal tenses beautiful? :p

Rose, here are all the tenses concerning the verb "jugar". Link (http://www.verbolog.com/0jugar.htm) To tell you the truth, I mostly forgot the names of the tenses just after I finished highshool.
Considering my mediocre English, I can't imagine what I would do if I had to learn Spanish as a second language. :o

About Del Potro, what you say makes sense, and I hope he gets a good draw if he is successful in the quallies.

*Ljubica*
10-10-2006, 07:55 PM
Well, actually you mixed up "jugaría" with "jugará" (without the stress it has another meaning...). ;)

Isn't Spanish and its verbal tenses beautiful? :p

Rose, here are all the tenses concerning the verb "jugar". Link (http://www.verbolog.com/0jugar.htm) To tell you the truth, I mostly forgot the names of the tenses just after I finished highshool.
Considering my mediocre English, I can't imagine what I would do if I had to learn Spanish as a second language. :o

About Del Potro, what you say makes sense, and I hope he gets a good draw if he is successful in the quallies.

:hug: Your English is not mediocre - it's great :) I only studied Spanish for 2 years at High School, and what I learnt from then on was through teaching myself and also the fact that I spent a couple of years dating an Argentine guy..........but his English was excellent and I am lazy :p so we conversed mainly in English!!! Thanks for the link - I will do my best to get it right in future :)

As for del Potro - he is on the Entry List for the Aachen Challenger the same week as Paris Bercy Masters - so he must be planning to stay in Europe for a while longer.

Hendu
10-10-2006, 09:14 PM
:hug: Your English is not mediocre - it's great :) I only studied Spanish for 2 years at High School, and what I learnt from then on was through teaching myself and also the fact that I spent a couple of years dating an Argentine guy..........but his English was excellent and I am lazy :p so we conversed mainly in English!!! Thanks for the link - I will do my best to get it right in future :)

As for del Potro - he is on the Entry List for the Aachen Challenger the same week as Paris Bercy Masters - so he must be planning to stay in Europe for a while longer.

Hey, I didn't give you the link for you to study, but to show the million verbal tenses that the Spanish language has.

As for Del Potro's schedule talking, didn't you want to create a thread for that purpose? :aplot:

Enjoy Incubus
10-10-2006, 10:17 PM
As for del Potro - he is on the Entry List for the Aachen Challenger the same week as Paris Bercy Masters - so he must be planning to stay in Europe for a while longer.
It´s true, and he isn´t playing 42 & 43 weeks SouthAmerican challengers, then i guess he would be playing in Europe till the end of the year.

Vale
10-10-2006, 11:02 PM
I came accross this article I know you´ll enjoy:

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/news/BCN4044108.htm

Keep your eye on Juan Martin del Potro

By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's always interesting to talk about the up-and-coming players on the men's tour, so why don't we do just that this week by hyping up a tall Argentine teenager by the name of Juan Martin del Potro.

With the exception of 6-foot-3ish guys like Jose Acasuso and Juan Ignacio Chela, you typically don't see too many tall Argentines on the men's circuit, but del Potro breaks that mold by coming in at a towering 6-foot-5.

Argentina's best-ever player to date was sub-6-footer Guillermo Vilas, who the ATP lists at 5-foot-11, but I can assure you that Willy, although a great, great champion, is by no stretch of the imagination just one inch shy of six feet.

But let's get back to our story.

Most of the recent successful Argentine stars have all fallen under the 6-foot mark, including Tennis Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian, 2004 French Open champ Gaston Gaudio, 2005 Roland Garros runner-up Mariano Puerta, '04 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria, Mariano Zabaleta, Agustin Calleri, Guillermo Canas, etc.

The lanky 172-pound del Potro is not only very tall, but possesses a big game that is starting to leave its mark on the ATP. The rising teen has won eight matches in 10 ATP-level events so far this season (at the time of this article), with his biggest wins coming against his countryman Chela in Stuttgart in July, versus former world No. 1 Carlos Moya in India two weeks ago and against 2005 U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri in Tokyo just last week. Simply put, he's beaten the likes of Ginepri and Moya in his last two events. His best tournament progress result so far came in the form of a quarterfinal appearance in Croatia in July.

On the Challenger circuit (tennis' minor leagues) this year, "JMdP" owns a pair of titles, with the victories coming in Spain in July and Mexico back in April. He topped rising German Benjamin Becker in a finale in Segovia and bested his fellow Argentine Sergio Roitman in a title bout in Aguascalientes (which is Spanish for "hot waters," thank you very much). Becker, of course, is the man that ended Andre Agassi's legendary career last month with a stunning third-round win at the U.S. Open.

Del Potro, who turned 18 just last month, hails from Tandil, which isn't far from the main Argentine hub that is Buenos Aires. The aforementioned Zabaleta also hails from Tandil, as does former quality ATP player Guillermo Pérez- Roldán.

Currently ranked 99th in the world, del Potro is the youngest player in the top 100, after finishing last year as the youngest player in the top 200. "J- Mart" entered the '06 campaign at No. 159 on the planet after turning pro last year.

Unlike most 18-year-olds, del Potro's already earned close to $130,000 this year. And unlike most of his Argentine countrymen, he prefers hardcourts over clay.

Go figure.

I've only seen del Potro in limited action this year, but he looks like a sure-fire top-20 performer and should give the Gauchos their best player off clay outside of Nalbandian in the very near future.

Hendu
10-10-2006, 11:21 PM
Thanks Vale :)

"J-Mart"... please, no!

*Ljubica*
10-11-2006, 10:18 AM
"J-Mart"..............:haha: :haha: Thanks for the article Vale.

As for the Chat Thread Willy - it's up to you - I still don't personally think there's enough of us at the moment - but you never know :confused:

fightclubber
10-11-2006, 11:11 AM
Love the article Vale!
Gracias
Silvy

Hendu
10-11-2006, 11:34 AM
"J-Mart"..............:haha: :haha: Thanks for the article Vale.

As for the Chat Thread Willy - it's up to you - I still don't personally think there's enough of us at the moment - but you never know :confused:

I'm not talking about a chat thread. I don't think thats a good idea, at least not yet.

I just remember this post (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=4154604&postcount=322).

*Ljubica*
10-11-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm not talking about a chat thread. I don't think thats a good idea, at least not yet.

I just remember this post (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=4154604&postcount=322).

Ah yes - well that's easy enough to rectify :) It's there now - your wish is my command:)

Hendu
10-11-2006, 12:47 PM
Ah yes - well that's easy enough to rectify :) It's there now - your wish is my command:)

Ok, genie. I still have two other wishes, right? :p

Thanks Rosie. ;)

*Ljubica*
10-11-2006, 01:25 PM
Ok, genie. I still have two other wishes, right? :p

Thanks Rosie. ;)

:unsure: Guess I walked right into that one didn't I? And - yes - of course you do ;)

*Ljubica*
10-13-2006, 01:39 PM
OK - JMDP has a Wild Card into quallies at Madrid - I will be there for a few days - so hope to send reports from there.

Choupi
10-13-2006, 02:19 PM
Thanks for that news. It seems you will be our special reporter in Madrid. I'm counting on you & looking forward to your reports. And Good luck JM!! :)

josemanuel
10-13-2006, 11:45 PM
Juan Martin didn´t need the WC and entered directly to Madrid qualies.
Good luck tomorrow!!

Choupi
10-14-2006, 07:16 AM
JM plays Mahut today, last match on Center Court.

Hendu
10-14-2006, 03:56 PM
JM plays Mahut today, last match on Center Court.

Yes, here is the Draw of the Qualy. Link (http://www.tennis-masters-madrid.com/pdf/draws/2006/QS.pdf)

Hendu
10-14-2006, 09:06 PM
Del Potro beated Mahut 7-6 3-6 6-0

:)

It seems now he will play Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Choupi
10-14-2006, 09:08 PM
Great result for his 1st match indoor. He'll play Mathieu tomorrow. Won't be easy at all.

fightclubber
10-15-2006, 01:39 PM
Still no match Im crossing my fingers! Vamos Juan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wavey:

Clashcityrocker
10-15-2006, 04:24 PM
6-4 6-3 :worship:

Hendu
10-15-2006, 04:41 PM
Well done Juan!

Choupi
10-15-2006, 06:05 PM
It seems Juan hasn't got too much trouble adapting himself to playing indoors. Well done!! :)

Eugenia
10-15-2006, 06:24 PM
Impressive results Juan!!! :worship:

Dragula.mp3
10-15-2006, 07:16 PM
Great entrance. Beating Mahut and Mathieu (with that score by the way) it's a great job. Now him reward is to play against Johannsson and that would be very hard. I still presume he have a shot.

So vamos Del Potro caraj0!.

*Ljubica*
10-18-2006, 06:23 PM
Here is a link to a nice interview with JMDP about Madrid and his reactions to it and about his future http://msnlatino.espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=491986

My translation is not word for word, but I hope it gives non-Spanish speakers some indications:-

MADRID

Juan Martín del Potro already knows what it means to play in a Masters Series. Madrid will be in his memory as the city where he made his debut in a "Super 9" event. He qualified through to play amongst the 48 best ones, although eventually succumbed to a specialist, the Swedeh Joachim Johansson, by 6-4,6-4. He spoke with ESPN about his feelings on playing with the best in the world, his present, his future, and also of the Davis Cup.

- What have your feelings been making your debut in a Masters' Series?
- Very good. I am happy to have played a match of this dimension amongst such good tennis players.

- But there was obviously pain with the match today - a match where you did not finish feeling comfortable..
- Yes. It was a very close match, but against him I could never break his serve. The opportunities that I had to break were all failures and also some controversial decsions.

- Did Johansson's serve kill you?
- It was hard forme - I went through a lot. It was hard to play him because he moved very well and he varied his serve every time. I almost never understood where it was going to go.

- Although he is a player who likes fast courts, the Madrid court is not as quick as others.
. - No - but there are no excuses. The court was the same for both of us. All that I hope is that next time I play (on a faster court), it is against a player who lets me play my game more.

- At one stage in Madrid, you were training with Roger Federer. How was this?
- He was incredible. It benefited me greatly to do that, and it makes me proud that even though I am so young I have already had the chance to train with a great one such as him

- Do you consider him to be the main favourite to win in Madrid?
- Yes. He is the number one of the world and everywhere he plays he is the favourite, but he will not have it easy because there are both Nadal and Nalbandian.

- In spite of your defeat I believe that you go away contented?
- Yes. The idea was to get through qualification and I won well there. I was here just to taste and get an idea. Today was painful but I am still very young. I am thankful for the support of all the Argentines who came to see me, and of the Spaniards who made me feel at home in all the matches.

- And now where will you go?
- Next week I go to Lyon where I will try to do well, and I will finish the year with two challengers. Let us hope that I end the year still in the Top 100.

- You are at 96 at the moment. Will you be happy with that?
- My hope would be to finish in the eighties, but I defend many points in the next 2 weeks and it will be complicated, although the idea is to finish as well as possible.

- So your second year as a professional has not been bad?
- Of course not - no. I have had good results and good matches. I beat important players, and the good thing is that every day I am improving. I must continue working though because I have much left that I need to learn and to improve upon.

- Let us speak of the Davis Cup. Is Argentina the favourite?
- I think so - yes. The team that we have is very good, and if the players play to their level we can win.

- Where will you be when it takes place?
- I don't know. Of course I would love them to call me, but that would be unfair, because those players that got us this far have given everything previously in the series, and they deserve to play in such an important competition. I hope, like all the Argentines, the will win it and they enjoy it.

Choupi
10-18-2006, 06:29 PM
Thanks for this Rosie. It's a very interesting read. :)

Sagiel
10-19-2006, 05:42 PM
Thanks! Hadn't seen the interview, he is quite insightful.

Hendu
10-19-2006, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the interview Rosie.

ufokart
10-19-2006, 08:46 PM
Thanks for posting that nice interview Rosie :)

*Ljubica*
10-19-2006, 08:49 PM
Glad you all liked the interview :) And some news................Juan Martin has been given a Wild Card into the Main Draw in Basel :)

ufokart
10-19-2006, 08:52 PM
Juan Martin has been given a Wild Card into the Main Draw in Basel

Really?, that's great news :).

Now i'll have to pray for him to get a soft draw :lol:

Enjoy Incubus
10-19-2006, 11:36 PM
Nice to know he´ll be in Basel main draw:)

ReturnWinner
10-19-2006, 11:49 PM
lets hope he will draw chela hahaha

marcosz1985
10-20-2006, 04:41 AM
jmdp is really an impressive player...
so as for federer... someone told me that after trainig with him, roger was so impress for his game that he called the basel chairman, and told him to give the wc to juan... if this is true, roger is such a great person....
and confirms juan martin's potenciall
sory if you dont understand something
my english is not so good...

Hendu
10-20-2006, 04:53 AM
jmdp is really an impressive player...
so as for federer... someone told me that after trainig with him, roger was so impress for his game that he called the basel chairman, and told him to give the wc to juan... if this is true, roger is such a great person....
and confirms juan martin's potenciall
sory if you dont understand something
my english is not so good...

:eek:

Who told you that?

p.s. your English is very good.

*Ljubica*
10-20-2006, 10:34 AM
jmdp is really an impressive player...
so as for federer... someone told me that after trainig with him, roger was so impress for his game that he called the basel chairman, and told him to give the wc to juan... if this is true, roger is such a great person....
and confirms juan martin's potenciall
sory if you dont understand something
my english is not so good...

Your English is great :) And thanks for posting here - hope to see you again soon. And I am a big fan of Roger Federer - he is a really nice person :)

fightclubber
10-20-2006, 01:14 PM
jmdp is really an impressive player...
so as for federer... someone told me that after trainig with him, roger was so impress for his game that he called the basel chairman, and told him to give the wc to juan... if this is true, roger is such a great person....
and confirms juan martin's potenciall
sory if you dont understand something
my english is not so good...
cOULD BE TRUE. ROGER IS THAT KIND OF PERSON. PLUS HE WANTED TO TRAIN WITH JUAN A COUPLE OF TIMES AND jUAN WAS TRAINING WITH rAFA AS HE HAS A NICE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
I HOPE TO SEE HIM IN BASEL.
SORRY THE CAPITALS I m doing a job here and I forgot to change them.. Plus, need to go back to work. Welcome Marcoz!
Silvana Galdi AKA-.....

marti_228
10-21-2006, 01:16 AM
My sister has two friends who are from tandil and today she realised that they know him. They are not friends but because tandil is not such a big city and he went to the same school as one of them, sometimes they saw JMDP.
I just wanted to tell that:).

fightclubber
10-22-2006, 01:09 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2006/328/mdS.pdf

So TRUE Juan WILL play Basel and has to face Murray!
GO JUAN JUAN JUAN:)

Enjoy Incubus
10-22-2006, 02:08 PM
Ok, we dont have to say: Juanma reached the top 100. We have to say: Juanma reached the top 100 facing players like this...:rolleyes:

ufokart
10-22-2006, 06:06 PM
Damn it, he always gets though draws :sobbing:

But i'm confident he can win :)

fightclubber
10-22-2006, 07:06 PM
My friend sent me a TXT from Basel tournament. She said "JMP is playing a showmatch! It was at a same time as Roger final with Gonzo started. Now she TXT again and said it was great and JMP seems to had a great time.
Good for Juan!
Silvy

marcosz1985
10-23-2006, 02:23 AM
it's incredible juan martin's bad luck for the draws.
When he was a junior he lost two times whith murray. Us open 04' 6-0 6-1 and RG 05 6-2 6-4...

Primal
10-24-2006, 09:22 AM
All the best luck against Murray! I'm happy for you Rosie, enjoy, and keep us updated:)

alsace
11-01-2006, 06:15 AM
Jon Wertheim's current column in Sports Illustrated has JMDP as one of the "Ad-Ins" for this week. The item, with a small pic, reads:

Juan Martin del Potro
Remember the name. Argentine teenager reaches Basel semis before losing (in three sets) to Gonzalez.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/jon_wertheim/10/30/ad.in/index.html

:dance:"

*Ljubica*
11-01-2006, 06:19 AM
Jon Wertheim's current column in Sports Illustrated has JMDP as one of the "Ad-Ins" for this week. The item, with a small pic, reads:

Juan Martin del Potro
Remember the name. Argentine teenager reaches Basel semis before losing (in three sets) to Gonzalez.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/jon_wertheim/10/30/ad.in/index.html

:dance:"

Thanks. It was the quarters in Basel actually - but at least the thought was there :)

*Ljubica*
11-04-2006, 12:02 PM
Here is a link to an article in today's newspaper with a rough translation:- http://www.tandilportandil.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=19272

THE DAVIS CUP

"Del Potro can be part of the Team".

The Captain of the Argentine Davis Cup Team, Luli Mancini, has confirmed that Argentina will train in Europe for one week before travelling to Moscow, and he confirmed that the young Juan Martín del Potro could travel with the Team to Russia to hep him "gain experience".

Mancini said,. "Juan Martín has played some great matches, and although he still has a long way to go, I believe that it would be a good experience for him to share some moments with the Team. I still don't know him very well, but it could be possible that he goes as a fifth player to train with the group. We will get to Moscow on Sunday 26th November, but before that we will spend one week somewhere in Europe, that we haven't decided on at the moment, to get acclimatised to the time dfference and the cold".

If this is true - I think is a great gesture from Mancini and I'm sure JMDP will be very pleased and proud to be part of the event.

Here is another link to a similar article http://www.eleco.com.ar/selarticulo.asp?idarticulo=87189

Choupi
11-04-2006, 05:41 PM
That's definitely a great gesture from Mancini. And spending some time with the team is something JM can be proud of. Sure it can bring him a lot. :)

Lala186
11-07-2006, 10:57 AM
http://jmdelpotro.crearforo.com/
http://www.jmdelpotro.com.ar/

Enjoy!!!!!

*Ljubica*
11-14-2006, 12:44 PM
Here is a link to a nice article http://www.abchoy.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=19610 along with my usually bad translation :p JMDP is currently resting at home with his family - but will start preparing his pre-season very soon.

TRANSLATION

Del Potro at Home

Tennis player Juan Martín Del Potro is back in our city (Tandil) enjoying his deserved vacations, after the past season has left him satisfied to have reached his principal objectives for the year.

Del Potro, the main hope of national tennis, is in Tandil enjoying his vacations, and now has time to support Independiente in the Provincial League. "I am taking advantage of these days to rest, do what I like, be with my friends and watch the boys play" he said. He also said, that the balance of the year has been "very positive" since he had fulfilled his objective to end in the Top 100 of the ATP Ranking. He said that from next week he will begin his work for the pre-season, and that his tennis calendar begins on 1st January in India, with the Chennai Open. From there, he will go to Auckland, and later to the Australian Open.

About the possibility of being asked to integrate with the Argentine team that will play the Davis Cup Final against Russia, he said: "Still they have not called me".

cobalt60
11-14-2006, 12:47 PM
Thanks Rosie. It would be nice if he was called on to go to Russia with the team.

Hendu
11-15-2006, 01:07 PM
Thanks Rosie. It would be nice if he was called on to go to Russia with the team.

Juan Martín will have to wait for some more time to join the Davis Cup team. Mancini decided Cañas will be the fifth player.

*Ljubica*
11-15-2006, 01:22 PM
Juan Martín will have to wait for some more time to join the Davis Cup team. Mancini decided Cañas will be the fifth player.

That is really sad for him - he was so excited about it :sad: I understand that Cañas has more experience etc, but I personally think it was a bit mean of Mancini to lead Juan Martin to believe he would be asked and then rescind. He would have been better to say nothing than to raise the boy's hopes and then dash them again :sad: Juan's still only a kid and it will be hard for him. Ah well - he will have longer on holiday I guess :)

*Ljubica*
11-23-2006, 11:40 AM
Juan will be appearing in the prestigious Copa Vilas in Buenos Aires next month. He will play against Tommy Robredo on Friday 7th December as part of an Argentina v Europe exhibition. Jose Acasuso will play on the same day against Nikolay Davydenko. http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/11/23/deportes/d-06203.htm

Hendu
11-29-2006, 11:51 PM
Del Potro is beating Lucho Horna 7-5 3-2 in the Copa Movistar.

Lots of rosarinos in the stadium for the exhibition. :)

lau
11-29-2006, 11:54 PM
Have I been living inside a tupperware or what??!! I was surprised to do some zapping and see live tennis on my screen :eek:

So, is there an order of play or something? times schedules?:o

Hendu
11-30-2006, 12:07 AM
Have I been living inside a tupperware or what??!! I was surprised to do some zapping and see live tennis on my screen :eek:

So, is there an order of play or something? times schedules?:o

:lol:

Del Potro won 7-5 6-3.

They played quite "seriously", it was a good match.

Zabaleta and Puerta will play now.

The exhibition will go on tomorrow... I guess the winners and the losers will play each other.

lau
11-30-2006, 12:12 AM
yeah, I heard that. I guess that after this match they´ll say when will the final be played, I mean at what time...
I watched less than half 2nd set :smash:
Oh, well, I´ll watch him in the final tomorrow :p
I think it was nice of them to "arrange" doing it quite serious :D
Funny how he said, when being asked about the surface, that it seems they did it for him to win it :lol:

Choupi
11-30-2006, 06:32 AM
Good job JM. And Lau & Willy, you don't know how much I envy you to be able to watch those matches. I know they're only exhos. But I miss those players badly on my screen. :sad:

ufokart
11-30-2006, 09:10 PM
Yesterday i saw the matches. They were pretty entertaining :) :lol:

And i'm very happy to see Puerta, i really miss him on the tour :sad:

*Ljubica*
12-01-2006, 12:39 PM
Thanks to everyone for the scores, news, pictures etc while I've been away. Glad to see JM won the exhibition by beating Zabaleta 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 :) I know it's only an exho and really means nothing, - but young players like JM need to get used to winning if that makes sense - and every win is good for the confidence. OK - I'm off to unpack now! Catch you later.

jayjay
12-02-2006, 02:17 AM
That's nice for JMDP, hope to see Zaba back in the top 100 at some point, but for Del Potro there are bigger things in his future. :)

maria87
12-05-2006, 09:43 AM
Juan will be appearing in the prestigious Copa Vilas in Buenos Aires next month. He will play against Tommy Robredo on Friday 7th December as part of an Argentina v Europe exhibition. Jose Acasuso will play on the same day against Nikolay Davydenko. http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/11/23/deportes/d-06203.htm

thanks, Rosie, i will try to go on December 7 to see the match! shame Davydenko didn't go and he will be replaced by Tursunov...it would have been great to see Chucho-Davydenko match to see what could have been happened if Chela wasn't there...(sorry for my Enlgish verbs!!!!)
:worship:

Choupi
12-05-2006, 09:51 AM
Enjoy the matches Maria.

*Ljubica*
12-05-2006, 10:23 AM
Yes - enjoy yourself Maria! I love Tursunov - so I would be very happy to be there :)

*Ljubica*
12-05-2006, 04:56 PM
Here is some more information about the exhibition with a link to the website (only in Spanish) http://www.lunapark.com.ar/

Thursday 7th:
COPA DESAFIO INTERNACIONAL
Acasuso VS Tursunov
Del Potro VS Robredo
Calleri/DelPotro VS Tursunov/ Robredo


Friday 8th:
EXHIBICION GUILLERMO VILAS
Gaudio VS Robredo
Calleri VS Tursunov


Saturday 9th:
3rd place VS 4th place
FINAL

maria87
12-06-2006, 10:13 AM
HI Rosie and everyone!! i have tickets for the opening evening, so i opened a thread to comment the Cup! :wavey:

i will try to post matches highlights so everyone could see the action!

cobalt60
12-06-2006, 01:39 PM
HI Rosie and everyone!! i have tickets for the opening evening, so i opened a thread to comment the Cup! :wavey:

i will try to post matches highlights so everyone could see the action!

Merci!

lau
12-07-2006, 09:30 AM
Short interview in Clarin. I will try to translate it later, I can´t now.
I posted the pic in the photos thread ;)

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/12/07/deportes/d-06601.htm
TENIS : "A PARTIR DEL US OPEN ME DI CUENTA QUE ESTABA AHI Y QUE PODIA JUGARLE A CUALQUIERA", DIJO EL CHICO DE TANDIL

Del Potro, un adolescente que asoma entre las figuras

Tiene 18 años y esta temporada ganó dos challengers. Además, venció a Moya, a Ginepri y escaló hasta el puesto 92º en el ranking mundial.


Marcelo Maller
mmaller@clarin.com


Si hay algo que Juan Martín Del Potro no cambió en su irrupción en el circuito grande, es su cara de adolescente.

A los 18 años, el chico que orgullosamente pasea sus 195 centímetros de altura por el mundo, está terminando un gran año. Campeón en los challengers de Segovia y Aguascalientes, vencedor de Carlos Moya, Robby Ginepri y Juan Chela y 92º en el ranking (ascendió esta temporada desde el puesto 158º), el tandilense inauguró la gran carrera que todos imaginaban. A horas de jugar la Copa Vilas, donde será uno de los protagonistas, charló con Clarín.

Antes la gente te quería ver porque eras una promesa y ahora porque estás dando que hablar.

Este año tuve muy buenos resultados. En Buenos Aires me fueron a ver como una promesa y cerca de fin de año me ven como uno más de la camada.



¿Qué es lo más importante que te pasó en 2006?

Tuve una buena parte final del año. Hice buenos partidos, le gané a Moya, a Ginepri y me sentí bien en canchas rápidas. Allí me siento mejor que en las de polvo de ladrillo. Y después me vi de igual a igual con los buenos. A partir del US Open me di cuenta que estaba ahí, que podía jugarle a cualquiera y eso me dio más confianza.



¿Qué tenés que hacer ahora para seguir mejorando?

Mejorar todo. Mejoré mucho el saque y eso me vino bien porque en este nivel, teniendo un buen saque se te facilitan las cosas. Pero para ganarle a los buenos necesito sacar diez veces mejor. Y ponerme fuerte físicamente para aguantar partidos de Grand Slam.



¿En esta etapa tuviste algún miedo?

En la última parte del año estaba con mucho miedo porque tenía que defender muchos puntos y mi objetivo era terminar entre los cien. Sabía que estaba complicado y todo el tiempo estaba pensando en el ranking. Hasta que llegó Basilea y me tocaba con Murray. Me puse muy triste, pensé que no iba a cumplir con mi meta. Pero él no jugó, Dios me dio una chance y la aproveché. Me relajé y pude disfrutar lo que venía haciendo.



También es gratificante que Mancini te haya tenido en cuenta.

Me enteré en Eslovaquia y luego hablé con Luli. Para mí lo mejor fue que haya ido Cañas porque le podía aportar muchas cosas al equipo. Si yo iba era para sumar experiencia. Para mí carrera tampoco era conveniente porque tuve un año duro, necesitaba descansar y prepararme para el 2007 para estar 100% físicamente.



¿Tus objetivos para 2007?

Ponerme bien físicamente, aguantar cinco sets y jugar torneos ATP. Y una vez que me afirme, ir limando los errores que tengo para poder llegar lo más alto posible.

Luego dos perlitas. Porque habla de Roger Federer: "Entrené con él y me ayudó para que me dieran una invitación en Basilea", dijo. La otra: la semana que viene se recibirá de bachiller en el SEADE.

maria87
12-07-2006, 10:28 AM
Merci!

you are welcome, i am very excited looking forward to see him playing live...i will let you know my impressions and posted pics! i will try also a match highlights video.

:)

*Ljubica*
12-07-2006, 10:38 AM
Enjoy yourself Maria - and thanks for the article Lau - and the photos.

maria87
12-07-2006, 11:07 AM
Short interview in Clarin. I will try to translate it later, I can´t now.

i can help if you have no time! Brief translation

"SINCE US OPEN I REALIZED I WAS JUST THERE AND THAT I COULD PLAY TO ANYONE", SAID THE KID FROM TANDIL

Del Potro, a teen ager that grows between the stars

If there is a thing JMDP didn't change when he appeared in the big circuit, this is his teen ager's face.

At his 18 year old, the kid that proudly walks his 1,95 for all over the world, he is finishing a great year. Champion in Segovia y Aguascalientes challengers, winner over Moya, Ginepri and Chela and 92 in the world (he arrived there from the 158), the kid from Tandil started the big career how it was expected. Just a few hours before playing the Copa Vila, he talked to Clarin.

Interview

R. Earlier this year the people went to see you as a promise and now you are already in the big news

JMDP. This year i had very good results. In Buenos Aires (the tournament) they were going to watch me as a promise and now i am one more between the argentinian's tennis players.[/B]

R: ¿What was the more important thing that happened to you in 2006?

JMDP: I had a good first part of the year. I made a few good matches: i beat Moya, Ginepri and i felt very well on fast surfaces. I feel there better than on clay. And then i felt myself in equal conditions with the best players. Since USOPEN i realized that i was jsut there, that i could play to anybody and that gave me a lot of confidence

R ¿What do you need to improve?

JMDP. I need to improve everything. I improved a lot my serve and that was very good, because on this level a good serve makes things easier. To beat the best i need to serve even 10 times better. And i have to be physically stronger to handle with long matches during a Grand Slam.

R. ¿In which stage did you feel fear?

JMDP During the last part of the year i was with a lot of fear because i had to defend a lot of points and my goal was to finish between the top 100. I knew it was very complicated to achieve and i was all the time thinking on the ranking. Till i had to face Murray. I was sad thinking that wouldn't arrive but he couldn't play and God gave me a chance and i took it. I got relaxed and could enjoy what i was doing.

R ¿Is also good that Mancini counted on you (for Davis Cup)?

JMDP. I knew in Slovakia and after then i talked to Luli. To me the best thing was Cañas going because he could give a lot to the team. Me, I just could achieve experience there. To my career, it wasn't good too because i had a hard year,and i need rest to prepare 2007 to be 100% fit.


R. ¿Your goals for 2007?

JMDP To be physically strong, to be able to handle 5 sets and to play ATP. And then after i get a stable position there, i will try to correct my errors to arrive to the highest level i could.

Then 2 pearls. Because he said about Federer: "I trained with him and he helped me to get a Basilea's invitation.". The other pearl: He will be "Bachiller" (high school title) next week.

Hope this help, sorry for my English.

Choupi
12-07-2006, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the translation Maria.

maria87
12-07-2006, 12:35 PM
you are welcome, Choupi :)

i tried to improved a little bit the translation with the edits.

*Ljubica*
12-07-2006, 12:44 PM
you are welcome, Choupi :)

i tried to improved a little bit the translation with the edits.

I always do that too! Word for word translations quite often do not work because expressions in one language to not sound or mean the same in another. Thanks for doing it - I am at work so didn't have a chance to do it.

maria87
12-07-2006, 06:04 PM
I always do that too! Word for word translations quite often do not work because expressions in one language to not sound or mean the same in another. Thanks for doing it - I am at work so didn't have a chance to do it.

:D yes, thats' right...i am a literary translator (english-spanish) so sometimes the sport expressions and the orientation Spanish-English are difficult to me. Anyway i love to translate and i will do it anytime i have a chance, Rosie!

cobalt60
12-07-2006, 07:18 PM
Thanks Maria. Your english is superb :yeah: Fun article to read.

marti_228
12-07-2006, 08:23 PM
Nice interview, thanks. And it's good to see that he finished high school.

lau
12-07-2006, 09:40 PM
Nice interview, thanks. And it's good to see that he finished high school.

You read my mind ;)

*Ljubica*
12-08-2006, 06:19 AM
And he won BOTH his exhibiton matches last night :)

maria87
12-08-2006, 02:18 PM
yes, Rosie...:) as i said in the report he played more fresh and more "seriously" than Chucho, maybe because he is so young and Chucho was tired after Davis Cup stress...i coudln't see the entire match (my son felt sick) but i coudl see his superb backhand and that he needs to be more stronger as he said to the press...you just see him so thin on the court!!

tonight Vilas will make an interview with him...we'll see what he say ;)

anna10
12-08-2006, 03:26 PM
I enjoyed the article and it sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders. I hope I finally get to see him play in the coming year after reading about him all this past year.

*Ljubica*
12-08-2006, 05:04 PM
yes, Rosie...:) as i said in the report he played more fresh and more "seriously" than Chucho, maybe because he is so young and Chucho was tired after Davis Cup stress...i coudln't see the entire match (my son felt sick) but i coudl see his superb backhand and that he needs to be more stronger as he said to the press...you just see him so thin on the court!!

tonight Vilas will make an interview with him...we'll see what he say ;)

Thanks for the report. Sorry your son was sick - I hope he gets better soon. And, yes - I would be interested to hear about the Vilas interview.

maria87
12-09-2006, 01:18 AM
Thanks for the report. Sorry your son was sick - I hope he gets better soon. And, yes - I would be interested to hear about the Vilas interview.

my son is better, thanks, Rosie...:hug:

maria87
12-16-2006, 09:19 PM
these are just words on JMDP said by Nalbandian on an interview for Olé
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v4/pagina.jsp?pagId=01328881&fecha=20061216

—¿A quién ves si no estuvieras, pensando que será en cancha rápida?

—Me lavo las manos, que decida Mancini, ja. Juan Martín del Potro es superinteresante para tenerlo en cuenta. No lo descartaría.

R- Who do you see if you were not, (playing in Austria for Davis Cup), thinking on the fast surface?
N- I don't want to go into it, Mancini has to decide,(laugh). Juan Martín del Potro is a very interesting option. I would think about it.

*Ljubica*
12-17-2006, 11:03 AM
these are just words on JMDP said by Nalbandian on an interview for Olé
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v4/pagina.jsp?pagId=01328881&fecha=20061216

—¿A quién ves si no estuvieras, pensando que será en cancha rápida?

—Me lavo las manos, que decida Mancini, ja. Juan Martín del Potro es superinteresante para tenerlo en cuenta. No lo descartaría.

R- Who do you see if you were not, (playing in Austria for Davis Cup), thinking on the fast surface?
N- I don't want to go into it, Mancini has to decide,(laugh). Juan Martín del Potro is a very interesting option. I would think about it.

Well, personally, I think it is very likely that JM will be called to go to Austria. He has to get some experience in DC somewhere for the future, and a tie against "lesser" opposition could be a good place to start. Not meaning any offence to Austria or their players - but they are obviously not of the calibre of countries like Spain, USA or France. Also - without Nalbandian and Chela, the options of an Argentine player who can play well on faster surfaces are severely limited - Acasuso, Cañas and Calleri are obvious contenders I would have thought - but who else? JM would certainly make a better 4th player than Gaudio or Coria I think :)

If he does get chosen, I guess this will change his schedule somewhat, as I can't see him going to the States to play in a US tournament the week before DC because of the time difference etc. Maybe he will elect to play in Zagreb instead, as that is the same time zone as Austria, a very short journey between the two, a similar temperature/weather etc. and a fast surface. We'll have to wait and see I guess.

Choupi
12-17-2006, 11:29 AM
It would definitely be a good experience for JM to take part to that 1st round.

maria87
12-17-2006, 01:00 PM
Well, personally, I think it is very likely that JM will be called to go to Austria. He has to get some experience in DC somewhere for the future, and a tie against "lesser" opposition could be a good place to start. Not meaning any offence to Austria or their players - but they are obviously not of the calibre of countries like Spain, USA or France. Also - without Nalbandian and Chela, the options of an Argentine player who can play well on faster surfaces are severely limited - Acasuso, Cañas and Calleri are obvious contenders I would have thought - but who else? JM would certainly make a better 4th player than Gaudio or Coria I think :)

If he does get chosen, I guess this will change his schedule somewhat, as I can't see him going to the States to play in a US tournament the week before DC because of the time difference etc. Maybe he will elect to play in Zagreb instead, as that is the same time zone as Austria, a very short journey between the two, a similar temperature/weather etc. and a fast surface. We'll have to wait and see I guess.

agree, Rosie, very well thought! :yeah: we'll see what happens. I think too Chucho, Calleri, Cañas (who is doing really well on hard now) and JMDP would be a good option.

*Ljubica*
12-17-2006, 06:28 PM
agree, Rosie, very well thought! :yeah: we'll see what happens. I think too Chucho, Calleri, Cañas (who is doing really well on hard now) and JMDP would be a good option.

Perhaps more hoped than thought Maria! :) You see, I used to live and work in Zagreb -and I have many friends there, including one with an apartment about 5 minutes' walk from the tennis centre! If JM played there it would be great for me - I could visit some friends as well as watch tennis, and it would cost me nothing but my fare to get there ;) Now do you see why I like to think on those lines :) Also - I know that JM loved Umag and Croatia and the people there - I am sure he would love Zagreb too!

maria87
12-17-2006, 10:31 PM
Perhaps more hoped than thought Maria! :) You see, I used to live and work in Zagreb -and I have many friends there, including one with an apartment about 5 minutes' walk from the tennis centre! If JM played there it would be great for me - I could visit some friends as well as watch tennis, and it would cost me nothing but my fare to get there ;) Now do you see why I like to think on those lines :) Also - I know that JM loved Umag and Croatia and the people there - I am sure he would love Zagreb too!

wonderful, Rosie! i really want your wish comes true! there is one beautiful thing we can enjoy: to be in a good tournament and have a good time there and see our fav players! i had that joy and i wish you the same for Zagreb! :)

*Ljubica*
12-18-2006, 09:46 AM
wonderful, Rosie! i really want your wish comes true! there is one beautiful thing we can enjoy: to be in a good tournament and have a good time there and see our fav players! i had that joy and i wish you the same for Zagreb! :)

Thanks :hug: But if not - well I will just have to wait for Roland Garros or one of the smaller clay court tournaments in April/May. I am lucky in Europe - there are so many tournaments close by - it's just that Zagreb would have been extra nice because of my friends.

maria87
12-19-2006, 09:40 AM
Thanks :hug: But if not - well I will just have to wait for Roland Garros or one of the smaller clay court tournaments in April/May. I am lucky in Europe - there are so many tournaments close by - it's just that Zagreb would have been extra nice because of my friends.

oh Rosie, you are really lucky if you could go to see Rolland Garros! i love it just as Marat does! :)

maria87
12-19-2006, 09:41 AM
Thanks :hug: But if not - well I will just have to wait for Roland Garros or one of the smaller clay court tournaments in April/May. I am lucky in Europe - there are so many tournaments close by - it's just that Zagreb would have been extra nice because of my friends.

oh Rosie, you are really lucky if you could go to see Rolland Garros! i love it just as Marat does and all the argentinians players too! :)

*Ljubica*
12-19-2006, 10:47 AM
oh Rosie, you are really lucky if you could go to see Rolland Garros! i love it just as Marat does and all the argentinians players too! :)

Yes - I go to Roland Garros every year. It's only 2 and a half hours on the train from London (on the Channel Tunnel train). I love it there - the atmosphere is great - and because it's so convenient for all those living in UK, France and Germany, so many of us MTF girls (me, Choupi, Elea, Washa Koroleeva, Maratski and Damita from the Safin Forum for example) always meet up there every year and have a wonderful time.You should try and make it one year - an Argentine girlfriend of mine came over a couple of years ago and she loved it there, and I have two friends from the States who meet with me there every year too :) We watched JM through quallies there earlier this year - you see so many great players at very close quarters and practice is free to watch and very accessible for photos etc.

maria87
12-19-2006, 08:19 PM
Yes - I go to Roland Garros every year. It's only 2 and a half hours on the train from London (on the Channel Tunnel train). I love it there - the atmosphere is great - and because it's so convenient for all those living in UK, France and Germany, so many of us MTF girls (me, Choupi, Elea, Washa Koroleeva, Maratski and Damita from the Safin Forum for example) always meet up there every year and have a wonderful time.You should try and make it one year - an Argentine girlfriend of mine came over a couple of years ago and she loved it there, and I have two friends from the States who meet with me there every year too :) We watched JM through quallies there earlier this year - you see so many great players at very close quarters and practice is free to watch and very accessible for photos etc.

fantastic description, Rosie! :worship: you are right, i should try! i was in Paris last November and i am planning to go there again for work, so maybe :)

i didn't know it was so close to London! 2 hours and half...i always wanted to know London and i couldn't till now. We'll see what happens next. :)

*Ljubica*
12-20-2006, 08:27 AM
fantastic description, Rosie! :worship: you are right, i should try! i was in Paris last November and i am planning to go there again for work, so maybe :)

i didn't know it was so close to London! 2 hours and half...i always wanted to know London and i couldn't till now. We'll see what happens next. :)

Well - if you come over next year - please let me know and it would be great to meet up :) Btw - Entry List for Zagreb is out and JM is not on it :sad: so I guess I was too hopeful! Perhaps he will just use that week for preparation and practice if he is chosen for DC.

maria87
12-20-2006, 12:04 PM
Well - if you come over next year - please let me know and it would be great to meet up :) Btw - Entry List for Zagreb is out and JM is not on it :sad: so I guess I was too hopeful! Perhaps he will just use that week for preparation and practice if he is chosen for DC.

i would love to meet up, Rosie, crossing fingers! :)

oh i am sorry your hopes didn't come true about Zagreb! :sad: maybe the DC is more real for JMDP than what we thought.

*Ljubica*
12-22-2006, 09:39 AM
OK - well as we haven't got a Chat Thread here as such - thought I would use this thread just to wish everyone who visits JM's Forum a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the holiday season with your families and friends - be safe, have fun and be happy :hug:

maria87
12-22-2006, 09:58 PM
OK - well as we haven't got a Chat Thread here as such - thought I would use this thread just to wish everyone who visits JM's Forum a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the holiday season with your families and friends - be safe, have fun and be happy :hug:

Thanks, Rosie! :hug:

Marry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!!:inlove: :aparty: :wavey:

Washa Koroleva
12-23-2006, 09:37 PM
OK - well as we haven't got a Chat Thread here as such - thought I would use this thread just to wish everyone who visits JM's Forum a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the holiday season with your families and friends - be safe, have fun and be happy :hug:

Thanks Rosie. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well. :hug: :p

patoo_jmdp
12-23-2006, 10:36 PM
Spanish, sorry..
Delpo WC in Auckland?



Planes para crecer

Del Potro apuesta rápido

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Observó, estudió y lo meditó; como en cada decisión en la vida, existen puntos a favor y otros en contra. Juan Martín Del Potro no estará en el ATP de Buenos Aires, con toda la bronca de no jugar ante su gente y familiares. La promesa del tenis argentino priorizó competir sobre las canchas rápidas de cemento de Estados Unidos en febrero en lugar de realizar la gira de polvo de ladrillo por Sudamérica. Un repaso a su calendario y sus motivos.

Como muchos compatriotas, Del Potro, de 18 años, intentará conseguir los primeros resultados de la temporada 2007 en la previa del primer Grand Slam. Está asegurada su presencia en Adelaida y Auckland, en la primer quincena del año y luego el Abierto de Australia, la gran parada para todos. Su ilusión es hacer meritos suficientes para que Alberto Mancini lo tenga en cuenta y pueda integrar el equipo de Copa Davis por primera vez ante Austria (del 9 al 11 de febrero en Linz; sobre carpeta). Luego aparece el punto que desalentó a Martín Jaite, organizador del torneo más importante en el país.

“Me muevo mejor en canchas rápida y en ese terreno conseguí mis mejores resultados”, comentó el tandilense, que optó por estar en Memphis (que comienza el 19 de febrero, misma fecha que la Copa Telmex en Buenos Aires) y Las Vegas, la semana siguiente. Ambos torneos se juegan sobre cemento bajo techo inmediatamente antes que el primer Masters Series 2007 en Indian Wells. “El ranking actual (91°) me permite no jugar qualys y tengo que aprovecharlo al máximo”, dijo demostrando su ansiedad por escalar hacia los primeros puestos.

maria87
12-24-2006, 02:01 PM
Spanish, sorry..
Delpo WC in Auckland?

Planes para crecer

Del Potro apuesta rápido
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Observó, estudió y lo meditó; como en cada decisión en la vida, existen puntos a favor y otros en contra. Juan Martín Del Potro no estará en el ATP de Buenos Aires, con toda la bronca de no jugar ante su gente y familiares. La promesa del tenis argentino priorizó competir sobre las canchas rápidas de cemento de Estados Unidos en febrero en lugar de realizar la gira de polvo de ladrillo por Sudamérica. Un repaso a su calendario y sus motivos.

Como muchos compatriotas, Del Potro, de 18 años, intentará conseguir los primeros resultados de la temporada 2007 en la previa del primer Grand Slam. Está asegurada su presencia en Adelaida y Auckland, en la primer quincena del año y luego el Abierto de Australia, la gran parada para todos. Su ilusión es hacer meritos suficientes para que Alberto Mancini lo tenga en cuenta y pueda integrar el equipo de Copa Davis por primera vez ante Austria (del 9 al 11 de febrero en Linz; sobre carpeta). Luego aparece el punto que desalentó a Martín Jaite, organizador del torneo más importante en el país.

“Me muevo mejor en canchas rápida y en ese terreno conseguí mis mejores resultados”, comentó el tandilense, que optó por estar en Memphis (que comienza el 19 de febrero, misma fecha que la Copa Telmex en Buenos Aires) y Las Vegas, la semana siguiente. Ambos torneos se juegan sobre cemento bajo techo inmediatamente antes que el primer Masters Series 2007 en Indian Wells. “El ranking actual (91°) me permite no jugar qualys y tengo que aprovecharlo al máximo”, dijo demostrando su ansiedad por escalar hacia los primeros puestos.

thanks for the article!

Translation
Plans to grow up

The article briefly said that after thinking and study the situation so much, JMDP decided not to play at home in the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires. The reasons: he make a priority to play on fast surfaces instead of play the clay latinamerican season in february which occurs at same time of hard season in the States.

Having a look on his calendar we can say he wants hardly to do well on fast courts. So he decided, even with pain, not to play at home in front of his family and friends and argentinian people in Buenos Aires. As most of his countrymen JMDP (18) wants to get good results in the first GS of the year, the Australian Open. He wants also to do well on fast courts to make Mancini consider him a choice for Davis Cup team in Austria next february. So he will play Adelaida and Auckland before Australian Open and Memphis and Las Vegas after. These last tournaments are both on hard indoors.
"I does better on fast courts and playing on that suface i got my best results. My actual ranking (91) allows me to enter the tournaments without playing the qually and i have to use the benefits of this situation at maximum", JMDP said, showing his anxiety to rise to the top positions soon.

maria87
01-02-2007, 01:49 PM
01-01-2007 | Del Potro arrancó el año con una victoria


No tuvo problemas para superar al japonés Go Soeda por 6-3 y 6-2, por la primera ronda de Adelaida. Ahora, se las verá contra el checo Jan Hernych y el francés Paul Henri Mathieu.

Juan Martín Del Potro (92º) tuvo un arranque sin complicaciones en el ATP de Adelaida, que reparte 419.000 dólares en premios y se disputa sobre cemento.

El tandilense se impuso al ignoto japonés Go Sodea (188º) por 6-3 y 6-2, por la primera ronda. Lo mejor de Del Potro estuvo en su servicio: nunco lo resignó y cosechó ocho aces.

Ahora, por el sistema de round robin, compartirá el Grupo 5 del certamen junto con el checo Jan Hernych (75º) y el francés Paul-Henri Mathieu (55º). El ganador de ese triangular clasificará a cuartos de final.

Brief translation
The article said JM started the year with an easy victory to the unknowen japonese Go Sodea and the best part is the comment. "The best from Del Potro came from his service: never was broken and fired 8 aces"

maria87
01-03-2007, 10:55 AM
About the match of today in TyC Sports

Del Potro quedó cerca de los cuartos de final

El tandilense superó al checo Hernych por 6-2 y 6-4 y enfrentará al francés Mathieu por un lugar en la próxima instancia del torneo de Adelaida, donde rige el sistema round robin.

Juan Martín Del Potro (92°) quedó cerca de acceder a los cuartos de final del ATP de Adelaida al superar con nitidez al checo Jan Hernych (75°) en sets corridos, con parciales de 6-2 y 6-4.

El tandilense tuvo otra sólida actuación y buscará la próxima fase del certamen australiano cuando enfrente mañana al francés Paul-Henri Mathieu (55º), en el duelo que definirá al clasificado del Grupo 5.

Del Potro podría estar entre los ocho mejores del torneo aún perdiendo con Mathieu, pero debería esperar el resultado entre el francés y Hernych. Si, gana, el tandilense se asegurará un lugar entre los ocho mejores.

Brief summary
The article said JM played very solid against Henrych and got a clear win over him 6-2, 6-4, and so he is vey close to the Quarter finals of Adelaida. He can reach it even losing to Matheiu. But if this happens he has to wait the results of the match Mathieu-Henrych. If JM wins he just will get the QF. :)

*Ljubica*
01-03-2007, 11:46 AM
Thanks for all your work with the articles and translations Maria :hug:

Xristos
01-03-2007, 12:06 PM
Any pics ffrom Adeladie?

anna10
01-03-2007, 12:18 PM
As most of his countrymen JMDP (18) wants to get good results in the first GS of the year, the Australian Open. He wants also to do well on fast courts to make Mancini consider him a choice for Davis Cup team in Austria next february. So he will play Adelaida and Auckland before Australian Open and Memphis and Las Vegas after. These last tournaments are both on hard indoors.
"I does better on fast courts and playing on that suface i got my best results. My actual ranking (91) allows me to enter the tournaments without playing the qually and i have to use the benefits of this situation at maximum", JMDP said, showing his anxiety to rise to the top positions soon.
Thanks for your translations, Maria.

Going into Adelaide, I knew he was possibly borderline on having to play qualies for Memphis, but if I understand the points for RR correctly, I think he's almost certainly high enough - or will be - for direct acceptance. I bought SF and F tickets yesterday, and the last couple of years have had unexpected players at that point, so hopefully it holds true again this year.

maria87
01-03-2007, 06:44 PM
Thanks for all your work with the articles and translations Maria :hug:

you are welcome, Rosie and everybody!:hug:

my pleasure!

maria87
01-03-2007, 06:45 PM
Thanks for your translations, Maria.

Going into Adelaide, I knew he was possibly borderline on having to play qualies for Memphis, but if I understand the points for RR correctly, I think he's almost certainly high enough - or will be - for direct acceptance. I bought SF and F tickets yesterday, and the last couple of years have had unexpected players at that point, so hopefully it holds true again this year.

you are welcome, Anna :)

oh hope you got the chance to see him live in Memphis..I think like you that he will have direcet acceptance. Have a nice time there. ;)

*Ljubica*
01-03-2007, 07:24 PM
Thanks for your translations, Maria.

Going into Adelaide, I knew he was possibly borderline on having to play qualies for Memphis, but if I understand the points for RR correctly, I think he's almost certainly high enough - or will be - for direct acceptance. I bought SF and F tickets yesterday, and the last couple of years have had unexpected players at that point, so hopefully it holds true again this year.

Don't worry Anna - JM has every intention of playing in Memphis, and I'm 99.9% sure he will get Direct Entry :) Enjoy yourself.

maria87
01-06-2007, 11:32 AM
The article said JM will reach the spot 73 in the Ranking after Adelaida, also said Guccione fired 19 aces and maybe the tiredness could affect JM, eventough he didn't spend so much energy in his previous match, with an easy score for him. But the article also said it was his 13 tournament in ATP and the balance is positive: his best performance ever. :worship:

from La Nacion

Del Potro se quedó en semifinales

El tandilense cayó ante el australiano Chris Guccione por 5-7, 6-3 y 7-5 en el torneo de Adelaida; fue la mejor actuación de su carrera

ADELAIDA, Australia.- A pesar de caer en semifinales, Juan Martín del Potro empezó la temporada de la mejor manera en el torneo de Adelaida.

El tandilense, de 18 años, cayó por 5-7, 6-3 y 7-5 en dos horas de partido frente al australiano Chris Guccione.

Balance positivo. Del Potro vivió la gran semana de su carrera, ya que consiguió clasificarse por primera vez para las semifinales de un torneo de ATP.

Hasta aquí, Del Potro había llegado en dos oportunidades a los cuartos de final en el tour de la ATP, en Umag y en Basilea, en ambas ocasiones el año último, pero esta vez se dio el gusto de superar el listón para meterse entre los cuatro mejores de este torneo con 436.000 dólares en premios.

Por esta actuación, Del Potro se aseguró un ascenso en el ranking desde el puesto 92° hasta el 73° aproximadamente. De esta forma ya superó la mejor posición en su carrera (82°).

Del Potro se midió por primera vez con Guccione, un rival con un saque poderoso -señaló 19 aces- y que venció hace un par de meses a Guillermo Cañas, en la final del challenger de Quito.

Para Del Potro, se trata de su decimotercera participación en un certamen de la ATP

*Ljubica*
01-06-2007, 11:59 AM
Another article singing the priases of our boy and his swift rise in the rankings, from playing Futures in 2004 and Challengers as recently as last year. It also says Mancini is still actively considering him for a place in the DC Team in February http://www.ole.clarin.com/notas/2007/01/06/01340040.html

marcosz1985
01-06-2007, 01:12 PM
he'll play against agustin calleri in the heineken open...
a very hard match against another argentine...

nat
01-06-2007, 03:15 PM
sorry if this had been posted before

Another Rising Star For Heineken Open
The 2007 Heineken Open featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles has scooped another player from the pool of fresh talent on the ATP tour.

The third and final main draw wildcard has been awarded to a player, who although not a household name yet, will no doubt be a big contender in 2007.

Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro the youngest player to finish in the ATP top-100 rankings in 2006 at 18 years and two months will take to the courts at the ASB Tennis Centre.

Del Potro at 1.96m (6’5”) is rated very highly by his more senior peers and proved his worth by reaching the quarterfinals at two ATP events last year.

Currently ranked at 92, in 2006 he scored wins over highly ranked players such as Andrei Pavel, Juan Ignacio Chela, Robby Ginepri and Carlos Moya. At Umag on clay he reached his first ATP quarterfinal and also made the quarters in Basel before going down to Fernando Gonzalez in three tight sets.

There was also Challenger wins in Spain and Mexico and third round appearances at both Tokyo and Basel.

Del Potro’s named is constantly raised when other players are asked who the group of next big things will be on the tennis tour. He has huge shots all around the court to go with a flamboyant attitude.

Del Potro joins other rising stars at the Heineken Open such as Gael Monfils and Nicolas Almagro who will be dark horses for the tournament title.

Coming from a sporting family where his father, Daniel was a highly regarded rugby player in Argentina Del Potro is a big Boca Juniors and Juventus football fan and says that hard court is his favourite surface.

The Heineken Open featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles will be held at the ASB Tennis Centre, No1 Tennis Lane, Parnell January Monday 8 – Saturday 13, 2007 with qualifying January Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 at the More FM Tennis Park, Albany.

Tickets go on sale to the public Monday 20th November through Ticketek and at the ASB Tennis Centre.

http://www.heinekenopen.co.nz/4/news/07_rising.asp

nat
01-06-2007, 03:16 PM
uh, what does "flamboyant attitude" mean?:confused:

marti_228
01-06-2007, 04:03 PM
I searched flamboyant in a French dictionary and it has many translations. It's something like bright, radiant.

*Ljubica*
01-06-2007, 04:44 PM
uh, what does "flamboyant attitude" mean?:confused:

In English, the word "flamboyant" actually means bold or exciting. Players such as Baghdatis and Tursunov are often described this way, because they enjoy their game, they play wth a positive attitude, and people like their personalities and enjoy watching them. It means they are never boring, but can sometimes take risks. It is definately meant as a compliment though :)

Choupi
01-06-2007, 05:17 PM
The word "flamboyant" in French refers to a flame. It is usually used to describe something or someone which is bright and vivid, like a flame can be. So, definitely appropriate for Baghdatis and JM. :)

nat
01-06-2007, 08:03 PM
I see! Thanks for the explanations! :)

maria87
01-06-2007, 09:41 PM
I see! Thanks for the explanations! :)

and thank you, nat, for the first article i see in the international press that took him so seriously! :worship:

*Ljubica*
01-07-2007, 10:51 AM
Here is a link to a report in JM's local paper http://www.eleco.com.ar/selarticulo.php?idarticulo=89238&PHPSESSID=8e46eab257309813135c8a058f0121f4

Basically it says that JM had a great tournament, but at the end, the fact he had to play two matches in one day counted against him against Guccione, who has a very big serve and served 19 aces in the match.

nat
01-07-2007, 12:52 PM
Just to highlight what the tournament director says..


By Alan Granville at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

Heineken Open organisers have announced the name of the final wildcard into next week's tournament -- up-and-comer Juan Martin Del Potro.

The Argentine world number 92 is one of the hottest young stars on the circuit -- he was the youngest player to finish in the world top 100 in 2006 at 18 years and two months.

Standing at 6'5 (195cm), he is highly rated by the likes of Roger Federer having won twice on the lower-ranked Challenger circuit in his debut year, as well as reaching the quarter-final stages in two ATP tournaments.

This week he has reached the last eight in Adelaide.

Tournament director Graham Pearce said he is an exciting talent.

"One of the features of the Heineken Open is trying to pick young up-and-comers that we think are going onto great things in tennis, I think we have a pretty good record.

"Del Potro is an impressive player, he has had some big wins already in his very young career and we are picking him as a player that people will be saying 'he was one of the ones we saw first playing at the Heineken Open'. We are thrilled."

He comes from the same hometown of Tandil as ATP pros Mariano Zabaleta, Juan Monaco and Diego Junquiera.

Del Potro, who unusually for an Argentine prefers hard courts to clay courts, joins fellow wild cards Gael Monfils from France and New Zealand's Dan King-Turner in the main draw for next week's tournament.

Australian Mark Philippoussis had to hand back his due to a serious knee injury in Perth this week.

TV ONE and tvnz.co.nz will be live streaming the event from Monday.

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/951953

*Ljubica*
01-08-2007, 03:26 PM
This article is in JM's local newspaper today. Sorry for my quick and rough translation, but it gives you a basic idea of what is being said!

http://www.tandilportandil.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=21408

At just 18 years and 3 months, Juan Martín del Potro is the youngest player in the Top 100 of the mens' tennis circuit. Considered for a long time to be the greatest promise of Argentine tennis, the boy from Tandil is beginning to consolidate himself within the hard world of professional tennis. He has already played for one season on the ATP Tour, which means he has significant extra experience for a player still young enough to take part on the junior circuit.

His career is going ahead wth strong steps; his objective is to surpass the obstacles as they come, and to add variants to his game, without going too fast and burning out too quickly. The development of a tennis player demands precision; one must not waste precious time in the very early stages, nor go to fast to the next hurdle. To achieve this delicate balance, del Potro worked first with Marcelo Gomez, who trained him from the very beginning in Tandil, and is now with Eduardo Infantino, the coach who leads him in this very crucial stage of his career.

Del Potro wishes to be a "complete" player on all surfaces, and it is proposed to work out his calendar in such a way that he can participate in matches on hard courts. Last year he played Challengers, and got through in several ATP tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in Umag and Basel. Soon he wil play in the Australian Open, the third Grand Slam of his career, after fleetingly passing through Roland Garros and the U.S. Open in 2006. At the same time he is being mentioned as a possible member of the Davis Cup Team in Austria.

Last week was del Potro's best week on the ATP Tour so far, since he reached the semi final stage for the first time ever, and also got through the round robin stages - the new system that is being tried out this year. His performance in Adelaide gave him 75 ranking points, which allowed him to go up from Number 92 in the rankings to 74, which will be the best position in his short career so far. It was the 13th ATP tournament of his career. He made his debut 11 months ago, in Vina del Mar. Between this tournament and Adelaide he got to the quarter final stage twice (Umag and Basel). Because of his success, he is being considered by Davis Cup captain Alberto Mancini to join the team, who play against Austria, in Linz, from the 9th-11th of next month.

Next he will play Agustin Calleri, in New Zealand, where he received a "special exemption" to enter the main draw directly, because he reached the semi final in Adelaide and therefore could not play in the quallifying tournament.

In the past del Potro has been labelled as a promisng newcomer and a future star- now he is a reality.

marcosz1985
01-10-2007, 11:27 AM
posted in tennis magazine (www.tennis.com)
the wrap by steve tignor
he talk about thje opening remarks of 2007.
"Juan Martin del Potro: The kids just keep getting bigger—or, as they say in the NBA, longer. Del Potro, a 6-foot-5, 18-year-old Argentine, made the semis in Adelaide before losing a tight match to Guccione. Del Potro’s all limbs, but surprisingly smooth. His high-loop forehand is his best stroke, and it comes with a little added flair: He turns the hitting side of his strings backward at the top of the backswing, then whips it back around on the downstroke. He’s also got good hands, and he improvised a couple winning athletic plays near the end of the match. Weak point: Right now, he’s not getting the consistent power that he could from his serve; there’s a hitch in his motion somewhere. Other than that, he’s one to watch, and should have a bigger long-term upside than Guccione."
everyone is talking very good from JMDP
congrats' for him!!

maria87
01-10-2007, 11:33 AM
thanks, marcos for the article!

another news: i heard on TV commentators said it is almost sure JM will be called for Davis Cup in february beside Chucho, Calleri and Cañas if Nalbandian keeps his decision of not playing.

*Ljubica*
01-10-2007, 11:42 AM
thanks, marcos for the article!

another news: i heard on TV commentators said it is almost sure JM will be called for Davis Cup in february beside Chucho, Calleri and Cañas if Nalbandian keeps his decision of not playing.

Thanks for the news marcos and Maria. It does not surprise me about DC - I heard Nalbandian's injury may be more serious than first thought, and he may miss the AO, so it would be sensible of him not to play DC so that he can recover properly for the rest of the season.

jayjay
01-11-2007, 05:08 AM
A nice article by Goitía of JMDP's career so far.

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=517588&s=ten&type=column

Más que promesa, una realidad

A los 18 años, Del Potro llegó a su primera semifinal de ATP, en Adelaida

Por Gustavo Goitía

BUENOS AIRES -- La cara todavía lo delata. Es un pibe, de apenas 18 años y tres meses, claro. Pero su físico, por el 1,95 metro, ya parece ser el de un grande. Así, mientras más de uno necesitaría ver su documento para ratificar la edad, él tiene una madurez que asombra a la hora de jugar al tenis. Es innegable que a Juan Martín del Potro le faltan muchísimas horas de vuelo, aunque está pasando rápidamente de promesa a realidad.

Con prisa y sin pausa, este argentino es para tener muy en cuenta. Es que recién pasó el límite para poder intervenir entre los juveniles y ya acumula victorias de peso entre los mayores, algo poco común entre sus compatriotas e inclusive a la hora de la comparación con figuras consagradas. Esto no significa que tiene el futuro asegurado, ni mucho menos, pero sirve para valorar aún más lo que está consiguiendo.

De esta manera, se está ante la presencia de un diamante que cada vez brilla más y en el que ya pusieron el ojo varios expertos. Así, el tenis latinoamericano se ilusiona con un potencial top-ten, aunque hay que ser muy cuidadosos a la hora del análisis y las proyecciones. No porque le falten condiciones tenísticas, sino porque hubo casos que nos hacen ver que en general la cautela es buena consejera.

Del Potro se abre paso con muchísima autoridadNada menos que el suizo Roger Federer, el rey, ganador de nueve coronas de Grand Slam con 25 años, le da crédito a Del Potro, quien acaba de cumplir su mejor semana como profesional al trepar a las semifinales del certamen de Adelaida, sobre cemento. Es que hace tres meses el europeo, quien practicó con el argentino, les pidió a los organizadores del torneo de Basilea que lo ayudaran dándole una invitación especial.

Para no quedar mal, en la carpeta sintética donde Federer fue ball-boy y ahora festejó por primera vez como local, el argentino logró acceder a los cuartos de final. Había sido su segunda aparición en esa rueda en un campeonato de ATP, después de lo hecho en Umag, sobre arcilla. Y ahora, en Australia, superó su propia barrera y hasta quedó cerquita de meterse en la definición.

SUS PASOS SON GIGANTES
Así, luego de un 2005 en el que alternó torneos menores futures, ganó un challenger y después dos más en el 2006, cuando ya probó suerte entre los mejores, en el ATP Tour. Ahora su récord en el circuito mayor es de 14 victorias y 13 derrotas, incluyendo triunfos sobre Moyá, Ginepri, Chela, Pavel, Mathieu, Verdasco y Sluiter. Y la perla es que sigue rindiendo mejor en superficies rápidas, apoyado en un poderoso saque.

El pupilo del argentino Eduardo Infantino, ex entrenador de Nalbandian, Zabaleta y el italiano Camporese, ya dejó en claro que lo suyo es más que prometedor. Es más: ahora avanzó del 92º al 74º puesto del ránking mundial, gracias a la semi de Adelaida. Además, en su despedida en los cuartos de Basilea, en ese certamen que lo marcó, gracias al aliento de Federer, casi elimina al ascendente y durísimo chileno Fernando González.

Por eso, el último medio año, paso a paso, fue muy progresivo para Del Potro. Es que sigue sumando alegrías y lo hace desde su biotipo de jugador diferente a la media de los latinoamericanos, ya que es alto y cuenta con un servicio tremendo. Eso, sin dudas, le permite soñar despierto, pese a que su experimentado coach hace fuerza para que siga teniendo los pies sobre la tierra. Que se la crea, sí, pero en el mejor de los sentidos.

La clave es que el propio jugador destaca que se siente mejor en las canchas veloces y que, en lo poco que se midió contra los grandes, se vio de igual a igual. El US Open fue su click, su inyección anímica para confiar más que nunca en sí mismo. Y si bien es consciente de que evolucionó con su saque, quiere hacerlo aún mejor, un aspecto decisivo en la alta competencia.

Este joven la tiene clara, porque su trabajo con Infantino apunta a fortalecerse físicamente para poder soportar varios partidos seguidos y, sobre todo, resistir el nivel de los mejores en choques extensos en los Grand Slam. En eso, en el hecho de poder hacer una pretemporada completa, lo favoreció que finalmente Alberto Mancini no lo llevó a Rusia como sparring del equipo finalista de la Copa Davis.

Es cierto que le sirvió de mucho hablar con el capitán argentino y comprobar que era tenido en carpeta, pero sabía que si iba a Moscú perdería tiempo valioso de cara al nuevo año. Mancini optó por Guillermo Cañas, lo que no le quita ahora a Del Potro el sueño de ser convocado para el debut en Austria. Y ojo, porque recién cumplió los 18 años y tiene un larguísimo camino por recorrer.

CON UNA PROPUESTA MODERNA
Dueño de un servicio que impone respeto, con un gran número de aces y un alto porcentaje de efectividad en el primer intento, con golpes potentes desde el fondo y una actitud ganadora y buscando tomar la iniciativa y hasta la red en varios casos, el argentino pinta para ser una joyita. Está claro que el rubro psicológico es fundamental, pero ya mostró señales muy positivas y su clave está en su estilo moderno y agresivo.

Así, mientras que Nalbandian, Coria y Gaudio, los tres argentinos más exitosos de los últimos tiempos, ni siquiera figuraban entre los 300 primeros del mundo a los 18 años y tres meses, Del Potro ya se aseguró un puesto entre los top-75 y pide pista. Si bien algunas comparaciones son inevitables, tampoco permiten garantizarle en este caso al semifinalista de Adelaida que vaya a ser igual o mejor que sus compatriotas.

Ese paralelo, con actuaciones menores por parte de Nalbandian y compañía a la misma edad, marca un punto muy favorable para Del Potro, porque demuestra que ya tiene argumentos, en cuanto a juego y mentalidad, para darles pelea a muchos nombres de categoría internacional. Debe ser un aliciente, porque muestra que quemó una etapa, la de la inserción al campo rentado, siendo ya un jugador de peligro para casi todos.

Indudablemente, las victorias sobre Moyá, en Mumbai, y Ginepri, en Tokio, ambas sobre canchas duras, le dieron una confianza terrible. Y la caída ante González, en sintético, lo ayudó a abrir bien los ojos y comprobar que el paso siguiente, el de poder vencer más seguido a los mejores, necesita de una alta dosis de contundencia y frialdad a la hora de la verdad. Es probable que esa lección le sirva y pueda darle sus frutos.

Tuvo claras ventajas frente al chileno, pero no pudo definir ese encuentro y así no pudo hacer semifinales en Basilea. Como todo en su muy corta carrera, la revancha llegó demasiado rápido ya que ahora comenzó el 2007 de una manera casi ideal, siendo semifinalista en Adelaida. Y en este torneo, el primero del año por el sistema de round robin, debió hilvanar cuatro triunfos consecutivos y apenas cedió un set.

La oportunidad hasta parecía sencilla para dar otro gran paso y ser finalista, ya que tuvo del otro lado de la red al local Chris Guccione, de escasos antecedentes. Sin embargo, el letal servicio volvió a ser la llave del éxito del gigante australiano, que celebró su primera final de ATP luego de imponerse por 7-5 en el tercer capítulo. El problema del argentino fue que la lluvia lo obligó a jugar cuartos y semis el mismo día.

Pese a eso, el balance de su paso por tierras australianas es infinitamente positivo. Este chico con cuerpo de grande, que idolatra al estadounidense Pete Sampras y admira mucho al ruso Marat Safin, sabe que va por el camino correcto y que tiene armas de sobra para los tiempos que corren. Y eso vale oro. Por eso, la promesa ya es cada vez más parte del pasado y la realidad marca que el presente le sonríe como nunca antes.

*Ljubica*
01-11-2007, 07:04 AM
Thanks so much for posting that article Jayjay - it is a really good read.

maria87
01-11-2007, 10:54 AM
thanks a lot for the article, jayjay! the last quote confirm my love for JM! he is beside my others 2 tennis love as Goitia said

"Pese a eso, el balance de su paso por tierras australianas es infinitamente positivo. Este chico con cuerpo de grande, que idolatra al estadounidense Pete Sampras y admira mucho al ruso Marat Safin, sabe que va por el camino correcto y que tiene armas de sobra para los tiempos que corren. Y eso vale oro. Por eso, la promesa ya es cada vez más parte del pasado y la realidad marca que el presente le sonríe como nunca antes."

I knew there was a connection between JM and Marat... and both are connected to Sampras! :)
Brief translation of the quote:
"Despite the loss in the SF (Goitia said it was because of terrible serve of Guccione and the 2 matches JM had to play in one day) the balance was extremely positive. This kid with a big body, who has Pete Sampras as his idol and admires a lot Marat Safin, knows that he goes for the right way and he has a lot weapons to compete in the actual conditions of the circuit, and that is a real gift. For that, he as a promise is getting in the past, and reality shows that the present is right there smiling to him."

(i had to do a little changes to adapt the text to english!)

marcosz1985
01-13-2007, 07:57 PM
perphaps you already saw it, but for those who haven't here is a video of juan when he was 14:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayndPfxZu4M

bye

*Ljubica*
01-14-2007, 12:14 PM
perphaps you already saw it, but for those who haven't here is a video of juan when he was 14:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayndPfxZu4M

bye

Thanks again :)

*Ljubica*
01-18-2007, 03:38 PM
Somewhat hidden in the AO news, this article says that JM is almost certain to join the DC team for their tie in Austria next month. It says Mancini will not name his team officially until the AO is over, but he has been in Melbourne this past week and spent a lot of time talking with Juan's coach - and barring injuries, Juan should be there.
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2007/01/18/deportes/d-05101.htm

marti_228
01-18-2007, 04:49 PM
La rivalidad con Chile sumó otro capítulo

Durante el partido entre Del Potro y Fernando González en el Abierto de Australia, simpatizantes argentinos intercambiaron insultos con los trasandinos

La rivalidad entre argentinos y chilenos sumó otro capítulo más. Durante el partido que jugaron Juan Martín Del Potro y Fernando González -que terminó con el triunfo del trasandino- el nacionalismo de los hinchas hicieron calentar aún más la temperatura que hay en Melbourne.

A pesar que dentro de la cancha no pasó nada entre los dos deportistas, el duelo se trasladó a las tribunas. Durante todo el match, los simpatizantes de ambos países se cruzaron con cánticos e insultos. Ante cada grito del tandilense cuando ganaba un punto o después de los reclamos del Bombardero de la Reina ante umpire, el estadio número 3 de Melbourne se encendía cada vez más.

El argentino contó como lo vivió desde adentro: "Me desesperó por gente chilena, creo que estuve mal. Jugué en Viña del Mar con todo el público en contra, pero fue distinto. Ahora el público trató más de sacarme a mí del partido que de alentarlo a Fernando. Supongo que también me va a servir para el día que me toque jugar la Copa Davis, o al menos lo tomé de esa manera".
Desencajado. "Hubo un momento en el que no podía controlarme más. Tenía ganas de decirles ‘por qué no venís a jugar vos, con este calor y con esta presión’, pero no se puede porque después es peor", comentó Del Potro después del partido", completó Del Potro.

González prefirió tomárselo sin dramatismo: "Siempre es entretenido que la gente se involucre, hace que los dos jugadores sean más competitivos y además, era un Argentina-Chile, que es especial. Aquí en Melbourne hay muchos chilenos".

Disculpas. Un poco más frío, el argentino pidió perdón por su compartamiento. "Ahora sé que estuve mal. Pero es algo que no te merecés, porque estás tres horas corriendo como un negro, y que te estén diciendo de todo… Había un chiquito, detrás de mí, que no tendría ni diez años, y me gritaba ‘argentino de m…’. Yo, si fuera el padre, me moriría de vergüenza, pero supongo que hay que aguantarlo".

*Ljubica*
01-18-2007, 04:57 PM
La rivalidad con Chile sumó otro capítulo

Durante el partido entre Del Potro y Fernando González en el Abierto de Australia, simpatizantes argentinos intercambiaron insultos con los trasandinos

La rivalidad entre argentinos y chilenos sumó otro capítulo más. Durante el partido que jugaron Juan Martín Del Potro y Fernando González -que terminó con el triunfo del trasandino- el nacionalismo de los hinchas hicieron calentar aún más la temperatura que hay en Melbourne.

A pesar que dentro de la cancha no pasó nada entre los dos deportistas, el duelo se trasladó a las tribunas. Durante todo el match, los simpatizantes de ambos países se cruzaron con cánticos e insultos. Ante cada grito del tandilense cuando ganaba un punto o después de los reclamos del Bombardero de la Reina ante umpire, el estadio número 3 de Melbourne se encendía cada vez más.

El argentino contó como lo vivió desde adentro: "Me desesperó por gente chilena, creo que estuve mal. Jugué en Viña del Mar con todo el público en contra, pero fue distinto. Ahora el público trató más de sacarme a mí del partido que de alentarlo a Fernando. Supongo que también me va a servir para el día que me toque jugar la Copa Davis, o al menos lo tomé de esa manera".
Desencajado. "Hubo un momento en el que no podía controlarme más. Tenía ganas de decirles ‘por qué no venís a jugar vos, con este calor y con esta presión’, pero no se puede porque después es peor", comentó Del Potro después del partido", completó Del Potro.

González prefirió tomárselo sin dramatismo: "Siempre es entretenido que la gente se involucre, hace que los dos jugadores sean más competitivos y además, era un Argentina-Chile, que es especial. Aquí en Melbourne hay muchos chilenos".

Disculpas. Un poco más frío, el argentino pidió perdón por su compartamiento. "Ahora sé que estuve mal. Pero es algo que no te merecés, porque estás tres horas corriendo como un negro, y que te estén diciendo de todo… Había un chiquito, detrás de mí, que no tendría ni diez años, y me gritaba ‘argentino de m…’. Yo, si fuera el padre, me moriría de vergüenza, pero supongo que hay que aguantarlo".


So sad that such bitterness still exists. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth :sad:

Clara Bow
01-18-2007, 09:00 PM
Damn- that fan behavior was awful.

Kudos to JMDP for a good show during the match. And good for him to get to his first fifth set. I imagine as he gets older his conditioning will get much better and he will be able to pull a win out of a situation like this.

I am really looking forward to seeing more of JMDP (the one match in Adelaide was not enough!) and really hope that he has a great year.

fightclubber
01-18-2007, 11:55 PM
Somewhat hidden in the AO news, this article says that JM is almost certain to join the DC team for their tie in Austria next month. It says Mancini will not name his team officially until the AO is over, but he has been in Melbourne this past week and spent a lot of time talking with Juan's coach - and barring injuries, Juan should be there.
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2007/01/18/deportes/d-05101.htm

Rosie
I read he is confirmed along with Caleri and Cañas. Maybe Chela be the 4th as seems Nalby is not playing the first round
silvy

cobalt60
01-19-2007, 12:17 AM
Thanks for the article Rosie. I am not surprised by the fan behavior at all.

ufokart
01-19-2007, 03:57 AM
Yeah, the fan behavior was horrible. I had to mute the TV to watch the match, because i couldn't stand them anymore :o

Thanks for the article Rosie :)

*Ljubica*
01-19-2007, 06:17 AM
Rosie
I read he is confirmed along with Caleri and Cañas. Maybe Chela be the 4th as seems Nalby is not playing the first round
silvy
I heard that Calleri was injured :sad: So I guess that means Chucho will play again.

Choupi
01-19-2007, 08:54 AM
I have no idea what the matter is with that fan behaviour, as I don't get Spanish. But I'm happy that JM should play DC. It's always a good experience for a young player.

marcosz1985
01-19-2007, 02:18 PM
Originally Posted by fightclubber
Rosie
I read he is confirmed along with Caleri and Cañas. Maybe Chela be the 4th as seems Nalby is not playing the first round
silvy
today in clarin newspaper it says that nalbandian isn't confirmed that david wont play... after his match with lappenti he said that if he has no problem with he's knee perhaps he may play... the confirms are: JMDP, cañas and chuco... if david cant play the fourth will be monaco or gaudio..
that's all
bye

alsace
01-19-2007, 08:30 PM
I just found this DPA (German Press Agency) article on Yucatan.com.mx. It contains interviews with Nadal, González, and even Hewitt, who all give JMDP a ringing stamp of approval. Don't have time to translate the article, but the title reads: "Despite Being Eliminated, Del Potro Astonishes in Australia."
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Diario de Yucatán, edición eletrónica Deportes-Tenis. 1/19/2007

Pese a ser eliminado, Del Potro maravilla en Australia


MELBOURNE (DPA).— El argentino Juan Martín del Potro confirmó en Australia que está llamado a ser una de las estrellas del circuito tenístico, y figuras como Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt o Fernando González ya le auguran un futuro de éxitos cada vez más cercano.

Con apenas 18 años Del Potro irrumpe con fuerza en un incierto inicio de temporada del tenis argentino. Tras el consistente David Nalbandian, el número uno indiscutible pese a sus problemas físicos, se abre un hueco con el resto de la "legión". Ese hueco puede ser llenado por Juan Chela, José Acasuso o Agustín Calleri si dan un paso adelante, o por Del Potro, si da el salto.

La opción Del Potro parece la más sólida, sobre todo, si se analizan las semifinales de Adelaida y la segunda ronda en Australia tras un disputado partido con el chileno Fernando González, un "top ten" al que obligó a jugar cinco sets y ante el que sólo se rindió por su inferioridad física.

"Tenísticamente no hubo mucha diferencia, jugué de igual a igual, al mismo nivel, el físico fue la clave", dijo Del Potro, número 73 del ranking, sobre su duelo con González. El argentino jugó en Australia su tercer Grand Slam, hizo el mejor resultado y disputó por primera vez un partido a cinco sets. Y pese a todo, no se sintió inferior.

"Va a ser muy bueno, es muy joven y le faltan partidos de gran nivel. Sólo necesita tiempo", pronóstico Rafael Nadal, de 20 años y segundo jugador mundial. El español se encontró con él en los vestuarios y le dio ánimos tras perder con González. "Estaba hundido y le he animado. Es muy joven. Le he dicho que yo también tuve calambres hace dos años contra Hewitt".

Nadal destacó del tenis del argentino un aspecto: "Tiene un gran revés". Del Potro exhibió en Australia sus 195 centímetros, pero también su revés, su derecha, su servicio y su devolución. "Sacó y devolvió muy bien", le alabó González.

"Tiene muy buenos tiros de fondo, una buena derecha y saca y devuelve bien. Con eso ya es importante. No cualquiera a su edad está en el puesto 70 del mundo. Es bueno y va a ser mejor", pronosticó el chileno, que le ha ganado con muchas dificultades en los tres enfrentamientos.

También Hewitt notó las virtudes del argentino. "Oí un montón de cosas sobre él. Lo vi en Roland Garros. Parece bastante peligroso en arcilla y en una cancha dura lenta. Tiene un gran juego, buen servicio, buena derecha y se mueve muy bien para lo alto que es".

El espigado Del Potro no se deja llevar por los elogios, y es consciente de cuáles son sus debilidades.

"Tengo que mejorar el físico. Tengo que mejorar todo, no estoy aún para ganar estos partidos", señaló con humildad, la misma que mantiene cuando se le habla de debutar en Copa Davis en la primera ronda en Austria, pese a que se sabe con posibilidades.

Del Potro no se asusta de momento por la presión de ser la nueva promesa de la "Legión". "Yo mismo me pongo la presión porque no me gusta perder a nada", expone su ambicioso credo.

El argentino se muestra abierto y sin las cautelas propias del circuito a la hora de hablar con la prensa. Critica a la afición chilena, es sincero y humilde y su cara y sus palabras expresan lo que le pasa por la cabeza. Habla de sus amigos con nostalgia. "Mientros ellos están en la playa, yo estoy acá", dice.

Pero su vida tiene otras ventajas. "Cuando fui a cobrar era un lindo premio", sonríe. "Muchos partidos se los debo a mis amigos, que están con Juan Martín, no con el tenista, no son interesados", recuerda.

Hoy abandonó Australia rumbo a reencontrarse con sus amigos en Argentina, dejando un circuito que empieza a fijarse en el nombre de un nuevo tenista de la "Legión": Juan Martín del Potro.




comentarios@yucatan.com.mx [ < ] Regresar

*Ljubica*
01-19-2007, 09:04 PM
Thanks so much for posting that lovely article. I am just going to bed now - but I will try and translate it in the morning if no one else has done so already.

*Ljubica*
01-20-2007, 01:41 PM
Quick translation of article above:

In spite of being beaten, del Potro Astonishes in Australia.

The Argentine Juan Martín del Potro has confirmed in Australia why he is being picked as one of the stars of the future on the tennis circuit. Figures such as Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and Fernando González are already talking about him as someone who will have great successes in the near future.

At only just 18 years old, he has burst with force onto the Argentine tennis scene at an uncertain time for them. After the consistent David Nalbandian, the unquestionable Argentine Number One despite his physical problems, there is a gap opening between him and the rest of the "legion". That gap could be filled by either Juan Chela, Jose Acasuso or Agustín Calleri if they take a step up, or by del Potro if he makes the jump

The option of del Potro seems the most likely when you look at his semi final appearance in Adelaide and also at his level in the second round in the Australia Open against the Chilean Fernando González, a "top ten" player who was forced to play five sets by del Potro who only surrendered in the end because he was not so physically strong as his opponent. "In tenis terms there was not much difference between us, I played equal to him and at the same level, - my physical strength was the key", del Potro (World No, 73) said after his duel with González.. The Argentine was playing in his 3rd Gramd Slam in Australia and it was his best result so far, and the first time he had played a 5 set match.

Rafael Nadal, aged 20 and the World Number 2. "He did not seem inferior in any way. He is going to be very good, he is very young and he needs plenty of matches at a high level. That only needs time ". The Spaniard was in the locker room after the Gonzalez match and helped to lift his spirits. "He was down and I tried to cheer him up. He is very young. I said to him that I also had cramps two years ago against Hewitt ". Nadal emphasised the tennis of the Argentine, saying that he has a great backhand, and as well as the advantage of being 195 centimeters, he also has his backhand, his serve and his return.

"He moves and returns very welI" , praised González. "He has very good shots, a great forehand, and he moves and retuns very well. Anyone of his age who is already in the 70's in the world, is good, and is going to get better ", foretold the Chilean, that has beaten him 3 times now but always with many difficulties.

Also Hewitt noticed the virtues of the Argentine. "I had heard a lot of things about him. I saw him in Roland Garros. He seems quite dangerous on clay and on slower hard courts. He has a great game, good serve, good forehand and moves very well. ".

Del Potro is not led astray by these praises, and he is conscious of his weaknesses. "I must improve my physical strength, In fact I must improve everything, as I'm still not winning these matches ",he said with humility, which is the same way he speals about his chances to make his Davis Cup debut in the first round in Austria, although this is already known to be a distinct possibility. At the moment, Del Potro is not scared by the pressure of being the new promise of the "legion". "I put pressure on myself because I don't like to lose anything", he said. The Argentine is open and honest, and at the moment, he is not wary of speaking to the Press like so many on the circuit. He criticised rhe Chilean fans, he is sincere and humble, and he says what is on his mind without hesitation. He speaks of his friends with nostalgia. "My frieds are on the beach now, and I am here", he says. But his life has other advantages. "The rewards are good", he smiles. "But when I am with my friends thery are with me because I am Juan Martín the person, they are not with the tennis player, they are not interested in that". Today he left Australia to meet again with those friends in Argentina, but exen though he has left the circuit, it is beginning to pay attention to the name of a new tennis player in the "legion" - Juan Martín del Potro.

Choupi
01-20-2007, 06:02 PM
Thanks Rosie for the translation. It's interesting to see how praised he's been. :)

cobalt60
01-21-2007, 12:40 PM
Nice article. Thanks everyone :yeah:

jayjay
01-23-2007, 05:05 PM
Hi guys, sorry for posting this here, wasn't really sure where to put it. Just wanted to say I won't be around MTF or even KOC much in the coming months due to some issues (although I'll still be posting in GL) and wanted to wish JMDP and all the fans here good luck in the coming months. I'm sure Kamikaze will be giving alot for people to talk about and continuing his rise.

GL to Rosie with the JMDP forum, hope to speak to you all again sooner rather than later. :) :wavey:

*Ljubica*
01-23-2007, 07:13 PM
Hi guys, sorry for posting this here, wasn't really sure where to put it. Just wanted to say I won't be around MTF or even KOC much in the coming months due to some issues (although I'll still be posting in GL) and wanted to wish JMDP and all the fans here good luck in the coming months. I'm sure Kamikaze will be giving alot for people to talk about and continuing his rise.

GL to Rosie with the JMDP forum, hope to speak to you all again sooner rather than later. :) :wavey:

JayJay :hug: I will miss you. I know I owe you a mail - I haven't forgotten - please forgive me - I am really bad at doing things like that! Take care of yourself, and I hope whatever issues you have are resolved quickly and to your satisfaction.

Besitos :hug:

Rose
xxxx

*Ljubica*
02-02-2007, 12:44 PM
There is a long article about the state of Argentine tennis in Juan's local paper today http://www.tandilportandil.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=22178. Here is a quick translation the part relevant to him:-

.".......So the hopes are centred on the youngest player, most specifically Juan Martín del Potro. The man from Tandil has made an enviable rise, and is already at Number 67, with important performances in the main matches. For example, in Australia he battled all the way before fatigue finally beat him against the eventual runner-up Fernando González. Also, in Adelaide, he got to the semifinals. At this stage of last year, del Potro was at Number 159 in the world,, and 12 months before that, he was down in the 1,000s. Mancini already has his eye on him for the Davis Cup, and it would not be preposterous to soon have him in the Top 30."

cobalt60
02-02-2007, 03:21 PM
Hi guys, sorry for posting this here, wasn't really sure where to put it. Just wanted to say I won't be around MTF or even KOC much in the coming months due to some issues (although I'll still be posting in GL) and wanted to wish JMDP and all the fans here good luck in the coming months. I'm sure Kamikaze will be giving alot for people to talk about and continuing his rise.

GL to Rosie with the JMDP forum, hope to speak to you all again sooner rather than later. :) :wavey:

We will miss you. Hope everything works out for you. See you around :hug:

maria87
02-11-2007, 04:25 PM
From Davis Cup site

Argentina finds a new hero
Eighteen-year-old Juan-Martin Del Potro made a sensational debut for Argentina on Sunday, defeating Jurgen Melzer in five sets to send his country through to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

With Argentina 2-1 up after the first two days, Argentine captain Alberto Mancini chose to replace Jose Acasuso with Del Potro for the first reverse singles, and the move paid off, the teenager overcoming Melzer 76(4) 36 64 46 62 in three hours 26 minutes.

The win proves that Argentina are still a powerful force without their talisman David Nalbandian, and that their strength in depth keeps growing.

Host nation Austria must now play in September's Play-offs for the chance to retain their World Group status.

maria87
02-11-2007, 04:55 PM
in TYC sports

Del Potro fue héroe y Argentina está en cuartos


La promesa nacional tuvo un debut soñado: superó a Melzer por 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 y 6-2 en un maratón y consiguió el punto decisivo ante Austria en Linz. El próximo rival será Suecia, como visitante, entre el 6 y el 8 de abril. Si los nuestros pasan, serán locales en dos hipotéticas series finales.


Juan Martín Del Potro tuvo un debut soñado y ganó el punto que depositó a la Argentina en los cuartos de final de la Copa Davis. La nueva joyita del tenis nacional superó a Jürgen Melzer por 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 y 6-2, y dejó sin chances a Austria, tras el 3-1 parcial en la serie.

Las lágrimas de emoción que el tandilense dejó fluir apenas consumada la victoria tienen varias razones. No se trató de un estreno cualquiera: Del Potro jugó un punto de definición, como visitante, ante el mejor jugador local y en una superficie difícil. Bancó cinco sets, más de tres horas y media de juego allí donde la responsabilidad pesa mucho. Y más si se trata de un pibe de 18 años.

Y más allá de ser una primera ronda, el triunfo argentino en el Intersport Arena de Linz comenzó a germinar nuevamente las ilusiones de obtener el trofeo por primera vez. Y motivos sobran: en primer lugar, fue la comprobación de que no hay nubes grises detrás de David Nalbandian. Si la máxima figura nacional no juega, hay recambio para bancar la parada ante cualquier rival y en cualquier superficie. José Acasuso respondió con creces en su primera vez como número uno del equipo y Guillermo Cañas se mostró totalmente recuperado. Entre ambos dejaron la clasificación a tiro el viernes. Del Potro hizo el resto.

Víctima de los nervios lógicos del debut, el tandilense se mostró dubitativo en el arranque y ya en el primer juego tuvo dos breaks en contra, aunque logró salvarlos. Su siguiente juego de saque también le fue adverso y entonces no hubo tiro salvador. Sin embargo, Del Potro usufructuaba cada uno de los segundos servicios de Melzer y mantenía la paridad en el desarrollo y el marcador.

La enorme inestabilidad de Melzer, capaz de pasar en segundos de una volea brillante al más absurdo de los errores no forzados, le abrió una puerta a Del Potro, que dominaba con su revés desde el fondo de la cancha. Llegó el tie break y la victoria parcial del argentino, pero en el segundo set se vio lo mejor de la figura local, que pesó con su saque, fue letal en la red y se equivocó mucho menos.

El tercer set mantuvo la tónica de dominio repartido. Ambos alternaron aciertos y errores. Del Potro quebró en el cuarto juego, aunque aflojó y perdió su servicio en el siguiente juego. En el décimo, momento cúlmine, volvió a quebrar y se quedó con el set.

Más allá de superioridades pasajeras, no había un dominador consistente y la suerte ya jugaba su partido. Como en el cuarto juego del cuarto set, cuando la pelota dio en la faja y cayó mansa del lado del argentino. Del Potro recuperó terreno en el octavo, pero volvió a perder su servicio en el siguiente y Melzer forzó la definición a un quinto set.

Por primera vez, alguien impuso condiciones. Y fue Del Potro, quien rompió en el cuarto y el sexto y se colocó 5-1. Melzer perdió la poca consistencia que tenía y el tandilense obtuvo la ventaja más amplia en el momento más trascendente. Y aunque los nervios volvieron a traicionarlo y le quebraron cuando sacó para partido, resolvió el pleito con la devolución, tal vez su arma más letal. Hubo victoria, un abrazo del alma con el capitán, Alberto Mancini, y lágrimas en el final. Del Potro empezó a escribir una historia que promete éxitos prolongados. El tiempo dirá.

maria87
02-11-2007, 04:58 PM
I just see a quick interview with JM, he was still with tears on his eyes, he said he was happy for the team who beleived in him and for Argentina..he said he almost couldn't sleep the night before but he was there and gave the best for the team :)

*Ljubica*
02-11-2007, 05:56 PM
I just see a quick interview with JM, he was still with tears on his eyes, he said he was happy for the team who beleived in him and for Argentina..he said he almost couldn't sleep the night before but he was there and gave the best for the team :)

I am sure he was very nervous and I'm glad it worked out well for him :) Hope he can sleep well tonight!!

cobalt60
02-11-2007, 06:01 PM
:woohoo: Maybe he will be partying ;)

*Ljubica*
02-11-2007, 06:25 PM
:woohoo: Maybe he will be partying ;)

He is a young guy - so I think there is no doubt of that! And good for him :)

maria87
02-11-2007, 07:53 PM
from Davis Cup site

A star is born
The Intersport Arena of Linz was witness to the birth of a new star in tennis on Sunday: 18-year-old Juan-Martin Del Potro.

Argentina 2-0 up after Friday

Argentina came to Linz with their 2006 final loss to Russia in Moscow still in mind, and to renew their quest for the Davis Cup trophy.

This Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie against Austria started off in the best manner for Argentina as the South Americans went 2-0 up on Friday without dropping a set. In the first rubber Stefan Koubek played a threatening first set before collapsing to Jose “Chucho” Acasuso. It was then the turn of Guillermo “Willy” Canas to take to the court versus the Austrian leader Jurgen Melzer.

The bookmakers had both teams at one point apiece on Friday night, but Canas saw it differently as he punished Melzer in straight sets to give his team a commanding lead ahead of the doubles. The Argentinean also used the tie to make his Davis Cup return following his ban for a positive drug test in February 2005.

Austrian chances kept alive with doubles

On Saturday, Argentina lined up Acasuso and Prieto, an experienced doubles team, but not as experienced as Melzer-Julian Knowles combination. The two Austrians, captained by Alexander Peya who had to jump in for an ill Gilbert Schaller, beat the Argentines in four sets, and kept their team and their country alive in tie.

Schaller was back on Sunday but it was Acasuso’s turn to sit a match out, as he was replaced by the 18-year-old rookie Del Potro. The Argentinean hopeful had a lot of pressure on his shoulders but was eventually able come up with the goods, playing an aggressive and ambitious fifth set to defeat Melzer and seal Argentina’s victory.

The final rubber, a dead one, was played between Canas and part-time captain Peya. Canas came out the victor, 46 61 64.

”Thrilled” with Del Potro’s performance

“We are very happy with the result, and obviously thrilled with Juan Martin Del Potro’s performance, he had a tough match versus Melzer and he did extremely well. Now we are going to celebrate a little bit and then we will start thinking about Sweden,” said a relieved Argentine captain Alberto Mancini.

“We are very disappointed, but Argentina proved that they are a very good team with a lot of depth,” Schallar said. “We now have to look ahead to an extremely important Play-off match in September to stay in the World Group.”

So Argentina advances to the quarters and Mancini is going to have his eyes trained on all the Swedish players from now on, in order to prepare his strategy for another challenge that he is surely going to want to take on.

Austria will have to wait until 11 April to find out who they will face off in September for the Play-off tie that could allow them to stay in the 16-nation elite.

But Juan-Martin Del Potro stole the show this weekend, and people will remember that on Sunday February 11, a star was born in Linz.

Action Jackson
02-11-2007, 08:05 PM
Here is an audio interview in English.

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_7404_mp3.MP3

Patxy
02-11-2007, 08:08 PM
Congrats, Argentina :hug: :bigclap:

reiko
02-11-2007, 08:57 PM
Thought it might be interesting to go back in time a little bit and found this article from February last year, when he was just about to face Gonzales in Vina del Mar.




Del Potro y su desafío con González: "Las chances de ganar las tiene él" (http://www.cooperativa.cl/p4_noticias/antialone.html?page=http://www.cooperativa.cl/p4_noticias/site/artic/20060201/pags/20060201155421.html)


Con sólo 17 años, la promesa del tenis argentino protagonizará el partido estelar de este jueves en el Movistar Open ante el número uno de Chile, contra quien asegura no tener "nada que perder".

Por Héctor Parraguirre J., enviado especial a Viña del Mar



El argentino Juan Martín del Potro ha tenido un ascenso meteórico en el circuito ATP. Empezó la temporada 2004 en el puesto 1.047 y hoy con sólo 17 años ya está en el 159° lugar. Con esos antecedentes y con el peso de ser considerado la promesa del tenis de su país, se apresta a desafiar este jueves nada menos que al número uno de Chile, Fernando González (14°), en octavos de final del Movistar Open, un duelo para que el reconoció que las apuestas no están a su favor.



"Es mi primer ATP, nunca había jugado uno, pude ganar en primera ronda y ahora me toca Fernando, que es un top ten (N. de la R: no ha sido top ten todavía%), es local, va a jugar con toda la gente a su favor", comentó el trasandino, quien es consciente de que a posibilidad de un triunfo es mínima.



"Las chances de ganar las tiene él, yo voy a tratar de hacer el mejor partido posible. Obviamente voy a entrar a ganar como todos los partidos, pero no tengo nada que perder, por lo que al menos voy a tratar de dar un buen espectáculo a la gente y que no sea fácil para él", manifestó.



En territorio nacional precisamente Del Potro ha construido gran parte de su impresionante avance. El año pasado ganó dos futuros seguidos en Chile y llegó a cuartos en un tercero. Ahora en Viña del Mar, el joven argentino ya dejó en el camino al español Albert Portas (117°), aunque sabe que el choque con González es de mayor magnitud.



"No cualquiera con 17 años juega en la cancha central con el favorito local. Tengo que jugar suelto, por ahí no voy a poder hacerlo por los nervios que implica jugar contra un top ten en su país, en un estadio lleno, a lo que no estoy acostumbrado, porque sólo he jugado challengers", señaló.



"Soy la promesa de Argentina"



Del Potro comentó a Cooperativa.cl las expectativas que ha generado al otro lado de la cordillera su irrupción en el tenis profesional, y no tuvo complejos en asumir su condición de "promesa".



"Es una presión linda, que tengo que usarla como motivación para tener mejores resultados. Soy la promesa del tenis argentino, pero eso no implica que sólo por eso vaya a ganar partidos. Pero si dicen que soy promesa es por algo y tengo que trabajar mucho para confirmar eso en la cancha", sostuvo.



Aparte de su talento natural, Del Potro atribuye sus progresos al esfuerzo desplegado en las prácticas, que le permitió despegarse de otros jugadores de su generación, como el chileno Marcos Lincoñir.



"De chiquitos, hasta los 14 años, jugábamos los mismos torneos y con Lincoñir y otro par más estábamos parejos. La diferencia fue el trabajo que hice en los entrenamientos y la oportunidad que me dieron de jugar primero los futuros y luego los challengers y aprovechar esos momentos, que cuando tenía que estar bien lo estuve. Ahora tengo la oportunidad de jugar ATP y hay que aprovecharla también", explicó el trasandino, quien aclaró que su desarrollo se debe a una apuesta personal.



"La federación (argentina) nunca me apoyó. Fue con el esfuerzo de mi familia y hoy con de mi entrenador (Marcelo Gómez) que he podido salir adelante. De chiquito cuando las opciones económicas no eran las mejores ellos estuvieron y luego fueron mis entrenadores lo que me enseñaron a jugar al tenis", indicó.



Luego de su participación en Viña del Mar, Del Potro disputará su segundo ATP en forma consecutiva, ya que fue beneficiado con un wild card en Buenos Aires. Después irá a buscar en las clasificaciones un cupo en Costa do Sauipe (Brasil) y Acapulco (México). (Cooperativa.cl)






Another saying from the same time (before Gonzalez match). The link is not available any more, though:
A domar a Del Potro (http://diario.elmercurio.com/2006/02/02/deportes/tenis/noticias/98566458-C407-43C1-A217-3BB74AE5903F.htm?id={98566458-C407-43C1-A217-3BB74AE5903F})
"Será una experiencia muy buena y tengo que aprovecharla. ¿Cómo se le gana? No tengo idea. Es primera vez que voy a jugar con un top ten (N. de la R. González está 14°), pero estoy ciento por ciento, y si juego mi mejor tenis y él tiene un mal día, por ahí tengo una chance"

*Ljubica*
02-11-2007, 09:22 PM
Here is an audio interview in English.

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_7404_mp3.MP3

Thanks for that.

maria87
02-11-2007, 09:54 PM
here is a video with the interview on TV where he was crying...it is on the right of the page

http://www.tycsports.com/

alsace
02-11-2007, 11:28 PM
:worship: Thank you all for keeping us so well informed on this wonderful day for Juan Martín! The reports, articles, video clips were much appreciated. And a special thank you to maria87, who did such a spectacular job. When I saw the tears in Juanma's eyes, I just wanted to hug him! I do think he will be able to just enjoy his tennis and not be overwhelmed by the attention heading his way. He seems mentally so well prepared. But now he will need to work on his fitness... he looks like a teenage boy who is still growing! My goodness, what if he gets even taller? :D

maria87
02-12-2007, 09:55 AM
:worship: Thank you all for keeping us so well informed on this wonderful day for Juan Martín! The reports, articles, video clips were much appreciated. And a special thank you to maria87, who did such a spectacular job. When I saw the tears in Juanma's eyes, I just wanted to hug him! I do think he will be able to just enjoy his tennis and not be overwhelmed by the attention heading his way. He seems mentally so well prepared. But now he will need to work on his fitness... he looks like a teenage boy who is still growing! My goodness, what if he gets even taller? :D

you are welcome, alsace! :) i enjoyed doing it!

i forgot to translate the interview: he was so touched that he couldn't almost talk and said "all is for the team, they supported me a lot, when Mancini told me i was going to play, i couldn't sleep till 3am, it was my dream coming true...For one moment when Meltzer broke me when i was serving for the match, i though on Mathieu when he lost the match against Russia (2002) at same point but fortunatelly nothing like this happens!...I am so happy, all for the team and Argentina..." He was very humble and nice!

about the fitness, you are right, but he himself has already said that this one of his weakness and he has to work on it hard in the next time. :)

fightclubber
02-13-2007, 04:35 PM
jUAN AND THE ARGENTINE TEAM ARRIVED TO BUENOS AIRES. I JUST SAW ON TV A SMALL INTERVIEW THAT CALLED HIM THE HERO OF DC CUP! HE WAS EMOTIONED AND THANKED FOR THE RESPONSABILITY AND HE WAS HAPPY TO WIN THE MATCH

CHANNEL 13 SHOWED IT SO... HOPE SOMEONE CAN TAPE IT
SILVY

lau
02-13-2007, 04:37 PM
:lol: I just watched that one too Silvy :)

EDIT: An article from Ole. I post it in Spanish here in case I don´t find it later :lol: I´ll post the translation tonight, half of the work is done. ;)
His quotes are from Austria, after he won his match.
The article says he´s leaving Tandil on Friday to go to US for the hard court tournaments.


http://www.ole.clarin.com/notas/2007/02/13/01362610.html

DEL POTRO DESPUES DEL DEBUT SOÑADO
"Este fue el mejor viaje de egresados"

No fue a Bariloche, pero sí a Linz, donde le dio el triunfo a la Argentina. A los 18, ya conoce 25 países.

EZEQUIEL IRIBARREN eiribarren@ole.com.ar

Juan Martín Del Potro sabe lo que es viajar. Gracias al tenis, ya andaba por Italia a los 14 y hoy, cuatro años después, conoce 25 países. India, Japón y Bermuda, entre otros, por nombrar sólo los menos tradicionales. Sin embargo, por culpa del tenis, no pudo hacer un viaje mucho más corto y tradicional: el de egresados. Delpo terminó la secundaria en diciembre y a la hora de armar el tour a Bariloche con sus compañeros, debió bajarse para ir a jugar a Adelaida. Mal allá no le fue porque alcanzó la semi, su mejor producción en el circuito ATP. El pibe, de 18 años, estaba dejando el colegio hace dos meses y el domingo le dio el punto decisivo a Argentina contra Austria, en Linz, para avanzar a los cuartos de la Copa Davis. Fue una semana de ensueño para el tandilense, que recibió su primera convocatoria, concretó su debut y aprobó el examen con un triunfo clave. "Este fue el mejor viaje de egresados. ¡Ni hablar! Me faltaron 15 ó 20 amigos, pero bueno... ¡Me vine de viaje de egresados a Austria!", bromeó con Olé, el día después del gran día.

Del Potro, también por el tenis, hizo los últimos cuatro años del polimodal en el Ceade, una escuela de educación a distancia. "Me fue muuuy bien. Promedio diez. Te juro. Muy buen promedio", afirma. Dice que es bueno en geografía, lengua e historia y muy flojo en matemáticas. "Por eso en los partidos alguien de afuera me tiene que llevar el marcador", sigue jugando. Le gustaría estudiar arquitectura, aunque no sabe si podrá.

El tenis le llegó a los siete años. Jugaba al fútbol en Independiente de Tandil ("De 5 o de 8", explica), pero una vez agarró una raqueta y se enganchó. Su primer profesor, Marcelo Gómez, aún trabaja con él. Su ídolo de chico era Sampras y siente admiración por Safin. Pistol debutó en la Davis a los 20, y perdió con el francés Leconte; Marat lo hizo a los 18, como Juan, y también cayó.

En su casa lo esperan papá Daniel y mamá Patricia. "¿Lo primero que voy a hacer allá? Asado con familia y amigos; tal vez una noche amorosa... con mi novia, obvio", cuenta, y agrega: "Supongo que recién cuando llegue voy a darme cuenta de lo que logré". El pasaje lo selló él con su victoria en cinco sets sobre Jurgen Melzer.

Tandil lo tendrá sólo tres días. El viernes se embarcará hacia Estados Unidos para jugar los torneos de Memphis, Las Vegas, Indian Wells y Miami. Otra vez a pensar en su carrera. "En el vestuario ayer (por el domingo) le decía a mi preparador físico: gané el mejor partido de mi carrera y no voy a subir nada en el ranking. Pero esto me va a sumar mucho, me dará más confianza en mí y le generará más dudas a mis rivales, Pero no puedo relajarme porque, de última, sólo gané un partido", advierte. Tiene razón, pero qué partido importante.

Delpo sueña con estar contra Suecia, del 6 al 8 de abril: "Quizá este triunfo me dé chances. Pero vuelve David... Acasuso es un indiscutido porque dejó todo por la Copa, y eso hay que tenerlo en cuenta; Cañas jugó increíble... Si me toca estar, bien; si no, alentaré desde afuera".

LINZ (ENVIADO ESPECIAL).





CRISTIAN ELSESER. PF de Del Potro.
Aspira a ser número uno
Juan está en edad de pleno desarrollo y el objetivo para este año es apuntalarlo en lo físico. La idea es que esté preparado para hacer cinco sets durante varios partidos y con la misma intensidad. Apuntaremos al tren inferior, a mejorar mucho sus piernas para que sea más explosivo. Juan viene haciendo un tratamiento de fortalecimiento de las piernas desde los 11 años, por su altura. Creo que seguirá creciendo y es el momento en el cual se le pueden incorporar cosas.

Arrancó una preparación seria hace rato, hasta con nutricionista. Aspira a ser número uno. Tiene potencial y muy buena actitud hacia el trabajo. Es un fórmula uno: hay que cuidarlo, educarlo, llevarlo de a poco, porque es joven y la del tenista es una carrera dura, en la cual los pequeños detalles pueden hacer la diferencia.

maria87
02-13-2007, 05:47 PM
i miss it, Silvy! :mad:

thanks for the report :)

and thanks, lau, for the article :)

maria87
02-13-2007, 05:55 PM
I like to see he is studying hard: he said he had very good average in Geography, Language and History...and not so good in Math :) (i was always hated Math!;) ... and i like so much too he say he wants to study to be an architect!:worship:

anyway, he doesn't know if he could do it someday. Sometimes i think the tennis life is so hard: yes, they know a lot of countries but so many times just hotels and tennis courts, yes they can earn a lot of money but they miss a lot of things too :eek:

tereb_gc
02-13-2007, 06:03 PM
I agree with you maria... the tennis player's life must be very tough.... they must spend most of their time alone, or training... they can'd be with their family, friends.............. damn hard!

maria87
02-13-2007, 06:09 PM
another good article on La Nacion about the victory. They said the key was serenety and concentration.

Serenidad y concentración, las claves de la victoria

LINZ, Austria (De un enviado especial).– Inolvidable desde donde se lo mire, Juan Martín del Potro tuvo su bautismo de fuego en la Davis con la misión de eemplazar a José Acasuso y darle a la Argentina el punto crucial ante Austria. Y lo consiguió con un triunfo sobre Jürgen Melzer por 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 y 6-2, en una batalla de 3h26m.

En su debut absoluto, Del Potro jugó con madurez y serenidad ante un adversario irregular, que alternó toques de calidad con errores increíbles, acaso perturbado por los nervios y por la obligación de ganar para igualar la serie. La principal virtud de Del Potro estuvo en la serenidad que mostró en los momentos decisivos. Después de repartirse los primeros dos parciales –seguro el argentino con su saque en el primero, contundente el austríaco en el segundo–, Del Potro empezó a inclinar el encuentro en su favor con un quiebre decisivo en el décimo game del tercer parcial. Melzer hizo un último esfuerzo al obtener el cuarto parcial.

Pero en el set decisivo, cuando daba la impresión de que la falta de experiencia podía pesarle, Del Potro exhibió convicción y concentración. Sacó una rápida ventaja de 5-1 y tuvo su saque para cerrar el encuentro, pero en el primer match-point Melzer acertó con una volea perfecta; en el segundo, sobre el servicio del austríaco, el tandilense presionó y se aseguró un éxito con un sabor único.

2 los partidos de cinco sets que jugó Del Potro

Some translation: It was unforgettable the start of Del Potro playing Davis Cup and giving the decisive point to Argentina. He played with mature serenity in front of an adversary that combined touches of high quality tennis with big mistakes, maybe perturbed by nervous and the necessity of the win. The main virtue of Del Potro was the serenity he showed during the the decisive moments of the match....Especially during the decisive set, when all we could expect that his lack of experience would be a problem, Del Potro showed conviction and concentration to play. He quickly got a good score of 5-1 but then when he was serving for the match a perfect volley of Meltser made him lost the serve. But after then, the "tandilense" could put the pressure over his adversary and secured the success that will be unique for him. :)

maria87
02-13-2007, 06:16 PM
I agree with you maria... the tennis player's life must be very tough.... they must spend most of their time alone, or training... they can'd be with their family, friends.............. damn hard!

yes, tere, they cannot study what they want also!

my wish is that JM could make true his dreams: to be number 1 and to study architecture! :)

tereb_gc
02-13-2007, 06:20 PM
yes, tere, they cannot study what they want also!

my wish is that JM could make true his dreams: to be number 1 and to study architecture! :)

nice wish! but kind of imposible... :sad: :sad: i just hope he lives happily ever after lol...

maria87
02-13-2007, 06:29 PM
this is another article from La Nación, kind a report about the celebration of the win

Todos festejaron

Al ritmo de batucada, los jugadores celebraron en el vestuario la victoria y clasificación; en la tribunas, los hinchas, pocos pero ruidosos, terminaron prevaleciendo sobre los austríacos

LINZ, Austria (De un enviado especial).– Una hinchada argentina se hace notar siempre, en cualquier parte del mundo. Es una cuestión de estilo, de cantos, de personalidad, de pasión. Una pasión que se hace mucho más notoria cuando se da en un país como Austria, en el que la gente, al menos por lo que se vio el último fin de semana en el Intersport Arena, no se caracteriza justamente por ser demostrativa, aunque habitualmente se muestren muy amables y serviciales. Ayer, los casi 40 hinchas que vistieron rigurosamente de celeste y blanco, terminaron confundidos con los jugadores, el cuerpo técnico y los colaboradores en el banco argentino.

Juan Martín del Potro lloraba y se abrazaba con todos los colaboradores del equipo, especialmente con Diego Rivas, el kinesiólogo, que lo asistió en un descanso, cuando el chico estaba al frente por 5-2 y había comenzado a sentir fatiga en la pierna izquierda. "Vamos, vamos Argentina, vamos, vamos, a ganar…", cantaban detrás los argentinos que vinieron desde varias partes de Europa y que durante los tres días alentaron a los jugadores.

Durante varios minutos, todos estuvieron unidos en festiva comunión, como una buena forma de no sentirse tan lejos de casa. Del Potro, todavía emocionado, le regaló a la gente toallones, muñequeras, su vincha, pero se guardó lo más especial: las dos remeras que utilizó en su victoria contra Jürgen Melzer.

Después, para los jugadores fue el tiempo de meterse en el vestuario y ensayar un festejo que fue breve, pero íntimo. El último que entró en el camarín fue justamente Del Potro, que se demoró con la firma de infinidad de autógrafos de un lado y del otro de la cancha. Curioso fue ver cómo un par de austríacos también lo esperaron para que Delpo estampara su firma.

Una vez que Juan entró en el vestuario se desató la locura. El flaco de 1,95m saludó uno por uno a los periodistas, que esperábamos afuera, y se metió saltando, feliz por la victoria y ya sin lágrimas, sino puras sonrisas, enormes. Del otro lado de la puerta de ingreso la batucada empezó a sonar con fuerza, mientras algunos tachos servían como improvisados bombos y las puertas sonaban también al ritmo. Luli Mancini en cambio, se quedó varios minutos afuera, como permitiendo que ese festejo fuera sólo de los jugadores y de sus colaboradores. Quizá, también, buscaba bajar sus propias pulsaciones.

Como antes de cada partido, en el que los jugadores se motivan y hasta usan para el calentamiento previo cantitos de tribuna y música nacional, ayer, ya con la tensión en baja por el resultado positivo asegurado, aún cuando quedaba que Guillermo Cañas jugara el último puntos, Los Rodríguez sonaron nuevamente, y enseguida apareció Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota, con "Mi perro dinamita".

No todos los hinchas argentinos estuvieron los tres días. Por ejemplo, Carola, una joven arquitecta que vive en España, llegó anteayer para ver el dobles y se quedó para la definición. Lejos de mezclarse como una más en el grupo más nutrido, se puso al frente de la hinchada y revoleó una camiseta, por momentos, como un auténtico jefe de barra.

Los austríacos intentaron oponer algunas banderas puestas por la organización y un grupo de unos 15 hinchas con las caras pintadas y un bombo. Del primero al último día, la convocatoria siempre fue en picada y ayer, no más de 1500 espectadores no fueron oposición para casi 40 argentinos y toda su la pasión.

Some translation
the article sumarize the passion of argentines fans and players that celebrates with rhytm and drums ("batucada") the victory. Del Potro was crying and hugging all the team and especially Diego Rivas, the kinesiólogo who assist him when he felt problems with his muscles. Then in the "vestuario" all were chanting and celebrating all together. Del Potro was the last to arrive there because he was signing autograph everywhere (even to some austrian people who asked him the sign) and trhowing his sport things to the audience. But when Del Potro arrived all was an explosion! The tears finished all was singing and singing,laughings and jumps, plenty of happiness for Argentina and the victory. Just Mancini rested alone outside as protecting the celebration of his players.

maria87
02-13-2007, 06:31 PM
nice wish! but kind of imposible... :sad: :sad: i just hope he lives happily ever after lol...

yes, right! almost impossible:eek:

i hope also that he could make a family and be happy...They say here he so "familiero" which means that he loves a lot to be with his family and friends around.:)

Hendu
02-13-2007, 09:51 PM
Juan está en edad de pleno desarrollo y el objetivo para este año es apuntalarlo en lo físico. La idea es que esté preparado para hacer cinco sets durante varios partidos y con la misma intensidad. Apuntaremos al tren inferior, a mejorar mucho sus piernas para que sea más explosivo. Juan viene haciendo un tratamiento de fortalecimiento de las piernas desde los 11 años, por su altura. Creo que seguirá creciendo y es el momento en el cual se le pueden incorporar cosas.

Arrancó una preparación seria hace rato, hasta con nutricionista. Aspira a ser número uno. Tiene potencial y muy buena actitud hacia el trabajo. Es un fórmula uno: hay que cuidarlo, educarlo, llevarlo de a poco, porque es joven y la del tenista es una carrera dura, en la cual los pequeños detalles pueden hacer la diferencia.

ok, this is my lowsy translation... but you will get the idea. :p

Elseser (his physical trainer): Juan is in the growing age, and the goal for this year is to develop him physically. The idea is that he becomes able to play 5 sets for many matches and with the same intensity. We will strengthen his lower body, we will develop his legs a lot, so that he gains explosiveness. Juan has been under treatment making his legs stronger since he was 11, because of his height. I think he will keep growing and this is the moment we can add things.

He started a serious preparation a long time ago, even with a nutricionist. He wants to be number one. He has potential and a very good attitude towards work. He is a formula one, you have to take care of him, educate him, take him slowly, because he is young and the career of a tennis player is tough, and little details can make a difference.

tereb_gc
02-13-2007, 11:02 PM
yes, right! almost impossible:eek:

i hope also that he could make a family and be happy...They say here he so "familiero" which means that he loves a lot to be with his family and friends around.:)

yeah I understand what that means.. I from argentine too.. jaja nose porque carajo sigo escribiendo en ingles!! juan siempre ta hablando de su flia.. o de sus amigos.. se ve que estar lejos de ellos los hace valorarlos que se yo...

cobalt60
02-13-2007, 11:10 PM
Thank you everyone for the articles. Nice reading.

Choupi
02-14-2007, 06:44 AM
Good that JM works now with Elseser. He knows his job. Good partnership imo.

maria87
02-14-2007, 10:04 AM
yeah I understand what that means.. I from argentine too.. jaja nose porque carajo sigo escribiendo en ingles!! juan siempre ta hablando de su flia.. o de sus amigos.. se ve que estar lejos de ellos los hace valorarlos que se yo...

oh this is because English is the language all the people understands here ;) for sure you know that! :) pero te entiendo!

maria87
02-14-2007, 10:07 AM
Elseser (his physical trainer): Juan is in the growing age, and the goal for this year is to develop him physically. The idea is that he becomes able to play 5 sets for many matches and with the same intensity. We will strengthen his lower body, we will develop his legs a lot, so that he gains explosiveness. Juan has been under treatment making his legs stronger since he was 11, because of his height. I think he will keep growing and this is the moment we can add things.

He started a serious preparation a long time ago, even with a nutricionist. He wants to be number one. He has potential and a very good attitude towards work. He is a formula one, you have to take care of him, educate him, take him slowly, because he is young and the career of a tennis player is tough, and little details can make a difference.


Thanks, Willy for the article! This is the main issue for JM after the big win...He needs a good preparation to avoid injuries, the main problem for players that tall as he is.."keep growing" says Elseser? o my god...

do you beleive, Willy, he can be number 1?

*Ljubica*
02-14-2007, 10:07 AM
Good that JM works now with Elseser. He knows his job. Good partnership imo.

Yes, to have a good Physical Trainer as well as an experienced coach is always a good thing. Most of the top players have that nowadays, and Juan is definately aiming for the top :) Sorry I haven't been around so much this last few days - Choupi you know why ;)

maria87
02-14-2007, 10:15 AM
Yes, to have a good Physical Trainer as well as an experienced coach is always a good thing. Most of the top players have that nowadays, and Juan is definately aiming for the top :) Sorry I haven't been around so much this last few days - Choupi you know why ;)

Hi, Rosie, nice to see you here a little bit at least! :) hope you are well.

do you think he could be number 1, Rosie?

lau
02-14-2007, 12:26 PM
EDIT: An article from Ole. I post it in Spanish here in case I don´t find it later :lol: I´ll post the translation tonight, half of the work is done. ;)
His quotes are from Austria, after he won his match.
The article says he´s leaving Tandil on Friday to go to US for the hard court tournaments.


Here´s the translation, sorry for the delay. :p

http://www.ole.clarin.com/notas/2007/02/13/01362610.html

DEL POTRO AFTER THE DREAMED DEBUT
“This was the best viaje de egresados* ”
*it could be callled “high school graduates group vacation” but that doesn´t sound good :lol: When you finish highschool in Argentina you make a trip with your class, if you´re from the northern part of the country, you go to Bariloche (in the Patagonian Andes) and if you´re from the South, you generally go to Camboriú (a beach town in Southern Brazil) or Córdoba, too... ;)

He didn´t go to Bariloche, but he did go to Linz, where he gave the victory to Argentina. At 18 he already knows 25 countries.

EZEQUIEL IRIBARREN eiribarren@ole.com.ar


Juan Martín Del Potro knows what traveling is. Thanks to tennis, he was already in Italy at 14 and today, four years later, he knows 25 countries. India, Japan and Bermuda, among other countries and just to name ‘the unusual’ ones. However, due to tennis, he couldn´t make a more traditional and shorter trip: the graduates one. Delpo finished high school in December and by time of preparing the tour to Bariloche with his partners, he had to step out to travel to Adelaide. There, he did well reaching the semifinals, his better performance in the ATP tour. The kid, of 18 years, was leaving school two months ago and on Sunday he gave the decisive rubber to Argentina against Austria, in Linz, to move to the Quarter final of the Davis Cup. It was a dreamy week for the Tandilense, who received his first call, made his debut a reality and approved the exam with a key victory. “This was the best graduates trip. No doubt! I missed 15 or 20 friends, but well… I came to Austria in my graduates trip!”, he joked with Olé, the day after the big day.

Due to tennis Del Potro did his last four years of high school in the Ceade, a distance education school. “I did veeeeeery well. Ten as average. I swear. Very good mean (?)”, he says. He says he is good in Geography, Language and History and very ‘weak’ in Maths. “That´s why during matches someone outside has to give me the scoreboard”, he continues playing. He would like to study Architecture (he might wanna reconsider that if he´s not good with maths :lol: ), although he doesn´t know if he´ll be able to do it.

Tennis came to his life at seven. He played football in Independiente de Tandil (“from 5 to 8”, he explains), but once he picked a racquet, he was “hooked”. His first professor, Marcelo Gómez, still works with him. His idol as a kid was Sampras and he admires Safin. Pistol´s debut in DC at 20, and lost to the French Leconte; Marat made it at 18, like Juan, and he lost too.

In his home dad Daniel and mom Patricia waits for him. “The first thing I´ll do there? Asado with my family and friends; maybe an ‘affectionate night’…with my girlfriend, obviously” :spit: , he says and adds: “I guess that as soon as I arrive I´ll realize what I achieved”. He was the one that stamped the ticket with his 5 sets victory over Jurgen Melzer.

Tandil will have him only three days. On Friday he´ll travel to United States to play the Memphis, Las Vegas, Indian Wells and Miami tournaments. One more time thinking in his career. “In the dressing room yesterday (Sunday) I said to my trainer: I won the best match of my career and I won´t go up in the ranking. But this will contribute a lot, it will give me more confidence in myself and will generate doubts in my rivals. But I can´t get relaxed because, ultimately, I won only one match”, he warns. He is right, but what an important match.

Delpo dreams of being against Sweden, from 6th to 8th of April: “Maybe this victory give me chances. But David is back… Acasuso is unquestioned because he left everything for the Cup, and that has to be taken into account; Cañas played incredible… If I´m there, fine; if not, I´ll support from outside.”

LINZ (FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT).



CRISTIAN ELSESER. Del Potro´s physical trainer.
He aspires to be number one
(first paragraph taken from a translation Willy Cañas made for a GM thread ;) )
Juan is in the growing age, and the goal for this year is to develop him physically. The idea is that he becomes able to play 5 sets for many matches and with the same intensity. We intend to strengthen his lower body, develop his legs a lot, so that he gains explosiveness. Juan has been under treatment making his legs stronger since he was 11, because of his height. I think he will keep growing and this is the moment we can add things.

He started a serious preparation time ago, even with a nutritionist. He aspires to be number one. He has potential and a very good attitude towards work. He is a formula one: you have to take care of him, educate him, take him step by step, because he is young and the tennis player career is a hard one, in which the little details can make a difference.


EDIT: Willy Cañas translated the same part with Elseser in this page too :lol:

cobalt60
02-14-2007, 12:48 PM
I am going to enjoy watching this guy grow as a person and player. :yeah:

Clara Bow
02-14-2007, 02:19 PM
Very good mean (?)”, he says.

Lau- I am pretty sure he means the mathematical mean- i.e. the average of all of his scores combined.

He seems a rather pleasant young man. :) Like Sue said right above- it will be nice to watch this guy as he grows during his career.

lau
02-14-2007, 02:58 PM
Lau- I am pretty sure he means the mathematical mean- i.e. the average of all of his scores combined.


Yes, It was me who was doubtful about the word :lol:
It didn´t sounded very spontaneous :lol: that´s why I just wrote "mean" instead of "mathematical mean", which translation in Spanish is just one word ;)
I was not sure if it was right and "mathematical mean" was rather redundant.

maria87
02-14-2007, 03:44 PM
Lau- I am pretty sure he means the mathematical mean- i.e. the average of all of his scores combined.

He seems a rather pleasant young man. :) Like Sue said right above- it will be nice to watch this guy as he grows during his career.

yes, i think so too Clara Bow :)

agree with you about watching him grow up...there is another interview very nice when he was 12 and he already showed how nice he could be! :)

i like he has good average in Geography, Language and History (the last 2 my fav too!). And as i said before i truly wish him to accomplish his dreams studying Architechture which seems very difficult right now. :eek:

maria87
02-14-2007, 03:47 PM
This is the interview when he was 12. I will translate it soon today, next hours after my lunch :)

Entrevista realizada el 10 de Abril de 2001

Tiene 12 años, nació en Tandil, Pcia. de Buenos Aires el 23 de Septiembre de 1988. Sus padres se llaman Daniel y Patricia. Reside allí, en Tandil y es el actual Nº 1 en el Ranking Nacional de Menores.
Juan Martín del PotroComenzó a jugar a los 6 años en el Club Independiente de Tandil con el profesor Marcelo Gomez quien sigue siendo en la actualidad su entrenador.

Jugó su 1er. Nacional a la edad de 7 años en Bragado, Pcia. de Bs.As., si bien no tiene registro de algunos torneos anteriores disputados en su ciudad.
El partido que más recuerda es su victoria frente a Luis García de Quevedo (quien venía de ganar las 3 etapas anteriores) en 3 sets, estando match point abajo. En ese torneo de la COSAT, disputado en Villa María Córdoba, alcanzó los cuartos de final, cayendo derrotado con quien luego ganaría el torneo.

Su último resultado fue cuartos de final en Marzo de 2001 de la COSAT, sede Paraguay, perdiendo con Román Recarte quien ganó el torneo.

Juega con raqueta Head Ti.Fire y su mayor ambición es llegar a ser top ten y obtener el reconocimiento de la gente. Sus ídolos máximos son Pete Sampras y Jennifer Capriati. Admira entre los argentinos, a Mariano Zabaleta y Guillermo Coria; y lo más importante... dice que el motivo por el que juega al tenis... es para divertirse.

Fue representante argentino en el Nike Junior Tour (Mundial Infantil de Sudáfrica) a fines del año 2000, cayendo derrotado en la final (jugó con problemas de salud) luego de tener el score a su favor por 6/1 - 5/2 y 30/0.

Asiste al Colegio San José donde cursa su 7o. grado por la mañana. Las tardes las dedica a su entrenamiento de tenis y físico, y dos veces por semana cursa clases de inglés. Su música preferida es la agrupación Maná.

Con 12 años y medio de edad, ha comenzado a competir en la Categoría de 16 y recalca que sus proyectos son seguir entrenando y "aprender" en esa nueva Categoría.

Si el tenis fuera un objeto... Juan Martín nos dijo que lo guardaría en su mesa de luz, que sería de color azul-amarillo (es fanático de Boca Juniors) y por ende... el aroma del tenis, sería "bostero". El número que lo representa es el 10 (por Juan Román Riquelme) y la música del tenis es "Strongers" de Britney Spears.

"A pleno Tenis" compartió un momento con un chico encantador. Su humildad, su respeto y su ubicación lo llevarán lejos... esa es nuestra opinión y nuestro deseo... su tenis nos permite ilusionarnos!!!.

http://www.aplenotenis.com.ar/images/delpotro2.jpg

*Ljubica*
02-14-2007, 04:49 PM
Hi, Rosie, nice to see you here a little bit at least! :) hope you are well.

do you think he could be number 1, Rosie?

Well Maria, I honestly think it will be very difficult for anyone to overtake Roger at his current level. However Roger is in is mid-20's now, and in 7 years, he wil be over 30, and JM will still only be 25, so................... yes I think he has a good chance if he can stay injury free, and focused.

maria87
02-14-2007, 05:25 PM
Well Maria, I honestly think it will be very difficult for anyone to overtake Roger at his current level. However Roger is in is mid-20's now, and in 7 years, he wil be over 30, and JM will still only be 25, so................... yes I think he has a good chance if he can stay injury free, and focused.

thanks, Rosie, good reply...i think you are right :)

maria87
02-14-2007, 05:58 PM
Translation of the interview when he was 12, very nice to see how he was at his 12, and that he keeps going for the same way :) and a little bit of his history too

Interview with JMDP, the 10 April 2001

He is 12 years old, he was born in Tandil (Bs.Aires state), on 23 Septembre 1988. His parents are Daniel and Patricia. He lives in Tandil and he is the actual Nº 1 in the Menores National Ranking (i think this is the previous category before Juniors but i could be wrong).
Juan Martín del Potro started to play at 6 in the Club Independiente of Tandil with proffessor Marcelo Gomez who continues training right now.

JM played his first National at 7 in Bragado, State of Bs.As. The most important match was his win over Luis García de Quevedo (the winner for the previous 3 stages) in 3 sets, saving a match point. In that tourny of the COSAT, played in Villa María Córdoba, he arrived QF, baten by the player who after that won the trophy.

His last result was again QF in March 2001, in la COSAT, in Paraguay, losing to Román Recarte who won the tourny.

He plays with Head Ti.Fire raquet and his main ambition is to be top ten and gain the recognition between tennis people. His idols are Pete Sampras and Jennifer Capriati. He admires betwen the argentinians Mariano Zabaleta and Guillermo Coria; and the most important thing...he says he have fun playing tennis.

He was the argentinian representant of Nike Junior Tour (World Cup of kids in Sudáfrica) at the end of 2000, losing the finals (he played with health problems and had to retire) with the score on his side 6/1 - 5/2 and 30/0.

In the mornings he atends Colegio San José where he is in 7 grade. In the afternoons he trains and work on his physic, and twice a week he goes to
English classes. His fav music is the group Maná. (so naive!;) )

With 12 years and a half, he started to compete in the category of 16 and remarks that his project is to keep training and "to learn" in that new category.

If the tennis was an object....JM said to us he will keep it in his table night, that it would be in blue-yellow color (he is real fans of Boca Juniors, the soccer team that uses those colors) and for that too the smell of tenis would be "bostero".(this is a joke that people does to the team and fans of Boca Juniors, very hard to explain). The number that woudl represent it would be 10 (the number used by Juan Román Riquelme on his soccer shirt) and the music of tenis would be "Strongers" of Britney Spears.

"A pleno Tenis" shared a moment with this charming kid. His humility, his respect and his good serious mind will lead him very far in his career. This is our opinion and our wish. His tennis allows us to keep the illusion very high!!!.

Hendu
02-14-2007, 06:55 PM
do you beleive, Willy, he can be number 1?

There are a lot of things that come into play for a player getting to be the number 1. Some of them are: talent, mental strenght, health, opposition and luck.

Juan Martín surely has the talent (and the potential given his age) to be between the top players of the tour. And he is starting to show some temperament and fighting spirit in under pressure conditions... which is a good sign.

Now, nobody can tell if he is going to stay injury free or if some new players that could relegate him will come around in the next years.

Sabatini was a volley away from being the #1, and she missed. There are some matches, or even some points that can change the career of a player. Coria missed two shots just for a couple of centimeters that would have given him the RG title. Where would Coria be right now if he won that match?
Luck takes a part many times in the career of a player.

So we will have to wait and see. But of course, watching Del Potro play makes us think about his future and it looks auspicious.

Del Potro is a promising player, and I hope he gets to fulfill his potential. Top ten, top five, number one... I really don't know.

maria87
02-14-2007, 09:45 PM
There are a lot of things that come into play for a player getting to be the number 1. Some of them are: talent, mental strenght, health, opposition and luck.

good point, Willy! :yeah:

you made me remember that Wimbledon final where Sabatini got a match point and couldn't do it...she never came back after that chance missed...you are right about that, same for Coria. But i must say i did prefer Sabatini: she at least won a Slam, Coria never.

Back to JM, i agree to your view :) ..but in your list of things a player needs to be number 1 what does mean "opposition"?

Hendu
02-14-2007, 10:01 PM
Back to JM, i agree to your view :) ..but in your list of things a player needs to be number 1 what does mean "opposition"?

what I meant was the quality of the rivals. For example Nadal would have probably been #1 if he played before Federer developed into one of the greatest ever. Or its probable that Moya wouldn't have been #1 if Federer was playing during Carlos' golden days.

edit: and I think Sabatini didn't get a match point. She was two points away from the Wimbledon title and the #1 spot in the rankings. She missed an easy volley that would have given her the championship point.

alsace
02-14-2007, 10:06 PM
http://www.aplenotenis.com.ar/images/delpotro2.jpg

Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful articles and translations!
:worship:

Of all the things that stood out, this photo did the most. THREE necklaces!!! I've seen pics of other players that age, like Nadal and Gasquet... but they only wore ONE necklace. Was this the style in Argentina, or was Juan Martín a bit unusual?

I do like his extreme intelligence. If he has fashion sense, too... well, that would be the icing on the cake!
:cool:

swisstruffles
02-15-2007, 12:01 AM
thanks for all the news. its great considering he isnt very well known (yet!).

Hendu
02-15-2007, 02:35 PM
This is a video of Infantino talking about his job with Del Potro. Its from segundosaque.com (http://www.segundosaque.com), so you can watch it there or download it from here: http://rapidshare.com/files/16588918/Infantino.flv.html

Its in Spanish.

There are videos of Del Potro talking in that site too, also in Spanish.

For those who don't know, "Segundo saque y a correr" is a website made by Martín Vasallo Arguello and Juan Pablo Guzmán.

Not as fun as tenis pro, but with much more info about the sport, trainings, interesting interviews and the inside of the ATP world.

*Ljubica*
02-15-2007, 02:57 PM
This is a video of Infantino talking about his job with Del Potro. Its from segundosaque.com (http://www.segundosaque.com), so you can watch it there or download it from here: http://rapidshare.com/files/16588918/Infantino.flv.html

Its in Spanish.

There are videos of Del Potro talking in that site too, also in Spanish.

For those who don't know, "Segundo saque y a correr" is a website made by Martín Vasallo Arguello and Juan Pablo Guzmán.

Not us fun as tenis pro, but with much more info about the sport, trainings, interesting interviews and the inside of the ATP world.

Thanks Willy, but when I click on segundo all I get is Fernando Gonzalez! :p Am I doing something wrong!? I can't download Rapidshare stuff on this PC, so I can only look at the other link!

Hendu
02-15-2007, 03:11 PM
Thanks Willy, but when I click on segundo all I get is Fernando Gonzalez! :p Am I doing something wrong!? I can't download Rapidshare stuff on this PC, so I can only look at the other link!

Hi Rose,

the site still needs some development... it should have a search engine.

instructions:

click on "perfiles" (below on the page). There you have all the Del Potro videos. And after that, if you want to watch Infantino, click on "entrenadores" (on top of the page, on the right).

*Ljubica*
02-15-2007, 03:31 PM
Hi Rose,

the site still needs some development... it should have a search engine.

instructions:

click on "perfiles" (below on the page). There you have all the Del Potro videos. And after that, if you want to watch Infantino, click on "entrenadores" (on top of the page, on the right).

OK thanks! I'm just home from work, and think I may need some food before I try this!!! Sounds way to complicated for me :lol:

Hendu
02-15-2007, 03:46 PM
OK thanks! I'm just home from work, and think I may need some food before I try this!!! Sounds way to complicated for me :lol:

:lol:

its only two clicks!!!

on the videos Del Potro says he used to play football and he likes that sport more, and that he only took tennis seriously when he was 14. His dream is to be the #1 in the rankings and to win the US Open.
he also says he doesn't feel he is prepared for Davis Cup, that he is too young, and that other players should be called to be on the team. :lol: of course, the video is old...

*Ljubica*
02-15-2007, 04:21 PM
:lol:

its only two clicks!!!

on the videos Del Potro says he used to play football and he likes that sport more, and that he only took tennis seriously when he was 14. His dream is to be the #1 in the rankings and to win the US Open.
he also says he doesn't feel he is prepared for Davis Cup, that he is too young, and that other players should be called to be on the team. :lol: of course, the video is old...

After the bad day at work that I've had - even two clicks is too much :lol: Anyway - I've done it now thanks. There are so many great clips of JM there that I had not seen before. I just wish these Argentine guys would speak slower though - don't they know there is a poor English woman here struggling to understand them when they talk that fast :lol:

Hendu
02-15-2007, 05:31 PM
After the bad day at work that I've had - even two clicks is too much :lol: Anyway - I've done it now thanks. There are so many great clips of JM there that I had not seen before. I just wish these Argentine guys would speak slower though - don't they know there is a poor English woman here struggling to understand them when they talk that fast :lol:

and being mostly informal chats, I guess it doesn't help.

well, maybe some day segundosaque.com will go international and use English subtitles.

Infantino: "we don't have to focus on results as goals, but in the formación (education/upbringing/training?) processes. In the construction of habits and technique. A good technique will make him effective with the tactic".

*Ljubica*
02-15-2007, 08:09 PM
and being mostly informal chats, I guess it doesn't help.

well, maybe some day segundosaque.com will go international and use English subtitles.

Infantino: "we don't have to focus on results as goals, but in the formación (education/upbringing/training?) processes. In the construction of habits and technique. A good technique will make him effective with the tactic".

Muchas gracias! I heard him say "tactica" a lot, and then I was just swearing at the computer saying "why don't you ******* slow down so I can understand what you're saying!" :lol: Guess I need extra Spanish lessons!!!!

fightclubber
02-16-2007, 12:04 PM
Hey Guys
The last issue of Solo tenis Magazine-Argentina - Is out
Juan is on the cover. Will scan it soon
SIlvy

maria87
02-16-2007, 01:34 PM
Hey Guys
The last issue of Solo tenis Magazine-Argentina - Is out
Juan is on the cover. Will scan it soon
SIlvy

thanks! :)

maria87
02-16-2007, 01:37 PM
Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful articles and translations!
:worship:

Of all the things that stood out, this photo did the most. THREE necklaces!!! I've seen pics of other players that age, like Nadal and Gasquet... but they only wore ONE necklace. Was this the style in Argentina, or was Juan Martín a bit unusual?

I do like his extreme intelligence. If he has fashion sense, too... well, that would be the icing on the cake!
:cool:

you are welcome! :)

about the necklace, i don't know! :lol: :lol: i only see now that Marat uses 3 or 4 now! :help: too much for me!

maria87
02-16-2007, 01:42 PM
This is a video of Infantino talking about his job with Del Potro. Its from segundosaque.com (http://www.segundosaque.com), so you can watch it there or download it from here: http://rapidshare.com/files/16588918/Infantino.flv.html

Its in Spanish.

There are videos of Del Potro talking in that site too, also in Spanish.

For those who don't know, "Segundo saque y a correr" is a website made by Martín Vasallo Arguello and Juan Pablo Guzmán.

Not as fun as tenis pro, but with much more info about the sport, trainings, interesting interviews and the inside of the ATP world.


Thanks for the infantino interview! :) about the other Silvy already posted in video thread with the link of Segundo saque...clicking on the link is too much easier, Rosie :lol:

About Sabaitini: thanks, Willy for the precision...in my memory she got a match point in Wimbledon, maybe the excitment of the moment!

maria87
02-16-2007, 01:51 PM
Muchas gracias! I heard him say "tactica" a lot, and then I was just swearing at the computer saying "why don't you ******* slow down so I can understand what you're saying!" :lol: Guess I need extra Spanish lessons!!!!

yes, Rosie, he remarked a lot tecnique and tactic (strategy) but he also remarked how difficult is the physical aspect: how tall he is and how difficult to reach a balance, more difficult for him than for shorter guys. To stay away from injuries is more difficult for tall guys: look at Guga, Marat, Philippoussis...

cobalt60
02-16-2007, 01:52 PM
Gracias Willy for the website and videos. I don't understand Spanish but it is interesting to observe the players and their body language and voices. I forgot De La Pena had such a high voice :haha: And how many times did Massu look at himself in the mirror :lol: Fena's training was interesting too. JP seems like a sincere young man. Hope as he finds more success that it does not change him.

*Ljubica*
02-16-2007, 03:25 PM
Gracias Willy for the website and videos. I don't understand Spanish but it is interesting to observe the players and their body language and voices. I forgot De La Pena had such a high voice :haha: And how many times did Massu look at himself in the mirror :lol: Fena's training was interesting too. JP seems like a sincere young man. Hope as he finds more success that it does not change him.

:unsure: Do you have to mention that man again - de la Pena :bolt: :unsure: :lol:

maria87
02-16-2007, 06:43 PM
:unsure: Do you have to mention that man again - de la Pena :bolt: :unsure: :lol:

yes, agree :lol: :bolt:

Cobalt: people say here that González is very nice person and very proffessional, he is dating Gisela Dulko, the argentinian tennis player and he comes to my club to train offen :)

agree with you about the site: i feel more comfortable with that kind of sites...the other which reproduces Tenis Pro, is very funny but i like more the informative ones...:)

cobalt60
02-16-2007, 06:57 PM
:unsure: Do you have to mention that man again - de la Pena :bolt: :unsure: :lol:
oops:lol: I promise to be more careful in the future ( ignore my response to Maria) :devil: I bet we have the same story to tell Rosie;)



Cobalt: people say here that González is very nice person and very proffessional, he is dating Gisela Dulko, the argentinian tennis player and he comes to my club to train offen :)

Well the first time he was with DLP :tape: so he had his moments. But since then I received an apology;) and I will tell you that he is head over heels in love with Gisela. It is very sweet and he was very sincere. I know she has been with a number of tennis players but he is very serious about her.

alsace
02-16-2007, 10:37 PM
you are welcome! :)

about the necklace, i don't know! :lol: :lol: i only see now that Marat uses 3 or 4 now! :help: too much for me!

HAH! It is so funny that you say that. The player Juanma reminds me the most of is Marat. I can't speak about his tennis... but "su manera de ser." Just something about him... his intelligence, his irony, his sense of humor...
;)

marcosz1985
02-17-2007, 01:38 AM
jauny vs. feli lopez!!!!

(1)RODDICK, Andy USA vs JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE
BECKER, Benjamin GER vs KENDRICK, Robert USA
(wc)GUCCIONE, Chris AUS vs LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
QUALIFIER vs (6)MELZER, Jurgen AUT

(3)MURRAY, Andy GBR vs DANCEVIC, Frank CAN
PLESS, Kristian DEN vs KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
KOUBEK, Stefan AUT vs GREUL, Simon GER
QUALIFIER vs (8)GINEPRI, Robby USA

(5)MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs QUALIFIER
(wc)KUZNETSOV, Alex USA vs QUALIFIER
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG vs LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
PHAU, Bjorn GER vs (4)FISH, Mardy USA

(7)BENNETEAU, Julien FRA vs LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO vs (wc)QUERREY, Sam USA
GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA vs DELIC, Amer USA
SPADEA, Vincent USA vs (2)HAAS, Tommy GER

Hendu
02-17-2007, 02:32 AM
jauny vs. feli lopez!!!!

Thanks, I will start a thread for that tournament.

maria87
02-17-2007, 12:40 PM
HAH! It is so funny that you say that. The player Juanma reminds me the most of is Marat. I can't speak about his tennis... but "su manera de ser." Just something about him... his intelligence, his irony, his sense of humor...
;)

oh nice that you think so, cobalt! :yeah: it is my thought too...i remember also Rosie and me did agree about the backhand of JM similar to the one of Marat (his style in general)...and now we can add intelligence, irony, sense of humor AND looking at the interview in Segundo saque site i can say aldo his smile and way of looking at the person to whom he is talking to: kind of shy kind of "pícaro" i cannot find a word in English...i will try to find it :)

maria87
02-17-2007, 12:51 PM
maybe rollick si the aproppriate translation for "pícaro"? i don't know...it is kind of malicious regard but not in negative way but kind of astute, charming ..sometime is so difficult to translate a word from one language to another. Hope you got it ;)

*Ljubica*
02-18-2007, 12:10 PM
Here is a link to another nice article about JM. He says he does not necessarily expect to be in the DC team in Sweden, because they have so many other players coming back, like Calleri, and Nalbandian, and that his success last week was still "only one tennis match"!

http://www.tandilportandil.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=22593

maria87
02-18-2007, 01:35 PM
thanks, Rosie :) I like his way to talk with serenity. Anyway i still think he is a good choice for Sweden. Agustín to me is not a good player for those kind of matches, and Chucho is not doing well lately...So I would pick up Nalbandian and JM for the singles. Anyway we have to wait the results of USA season.

maria87
02-18-2007, 02:54 PM
oh i forgot Cañas who is doing extremelly well lately..oh what a problem for Mancini: he has too much players to make a decision ;) seriously, it is real a problem for him.

cobalt60
02-18-2007, 03:06 PM
oh i forgot Cañas who is doing extremelly well lately..oh what a problem for Mancini: he has too much players to make a decision ;) seriously, it is real a problem for him.

As in which player to accompany when and where?

*Ljubica*
02-18-2007, 05:35 PM
oh i forgot Cañas who is doing extremelly well lately..oh what a problem for Mancini: he has too much players to make a decision ;) seriously, it is real a problem for him.

I guess that is a problem that many people would love to have :)

cobalt60
02-18-2007, 07:23 PM
Nevermind I figured it out. I can be a bit dense when I am hypoglycemic :lol:

maria87
02-18-2007, 10:30 PM
Nevermind I figured it out. I can be a bit dense when I am hypoglycemic :lol:

sorry, i didn't get your question and i just saw it! ;) BTW Cañas won the title in Brazil :worship:

maria87
02-18-2007, 10:30 PM
I guess that is a problem that many people would love to have :)

true :)

swisstruffles
02-19-2007, 10:05 PM
yeah like Australia, who just lost to belgium in 1st rd DC with hewitt and guccione. after hewitt, we have no one we can really rely on. the Poo is chronically injured and unreliable, and then there is the ageing wayne arthurs, then we drop down to the youngsters who arent good enough to be playing live DC rubbers. australia would love to have argentina's problem!!!

*Ljubica*
02-20-2007, 04:41 AM
yeah like Australia, who just lost to belgium in 1st rd DC with hewitt and guccione. after hewitt, we have no one we can really rely on. the Poo is chronically injured and unreliable, and then there is the ageing wayne arthurs, then we drop down to the youngsters who arent good enough to be playing live DC rubbers. australia would love to have argentina's problem!!!

Well GBR only has Murray these days - so you are not alone :)

reiko
03-13-2007, 08:03 PM
I wonder if this is already posted.
Also wonder if you guys are interested in Mariano del Potro at all....

http://www.hombre.uol.com.ar/edicion_0044/entrevistas/nota_00.htm




Mariano del Potro

Tiene sólo 18 años, y fue bendecido por el master Guillermo Vilas como la promesa del tenis argentino en los próximos años. Su debut en la Davis fue arrasador: jugó y mató. Es el gran deportista del mes.

- ¿Es verdad que Mancini te había pedido que arrancaras la serie contra Austria y no te animaste?
- Sí. El miércoles a la noche me preguntó cómo me sentía para jugar el viernes y le dije que no me sentía preparado, que prefería dejarle el lugar a Chucho o a Willy, que tenían más experiencia. Es que al estar ahí, era todo muy nuevo: era mi primera convocatoria y creía que era mejor que el primer punto lo jugaran ellos. Era mucha presión jugar primero.
- ¿Cuál fue el día que te sentiste más incómodo en un court?
- En Australia, contra Fernando González, me sentí muy mal por los chilenos. Me puteaban en todos los puntos. "Volvete a tu casa, argentino de mierda", gritaban. Fue difícil, porque además hacía 40 grados y fueron 3 horas 50 de partido.
- ¿En qué te cambió la vida desde que sos famoso?
- No me cambió y nunca me va a cambiar. Yo no juego al tenis por la fama ni para que la gente me conozca. Es re lindo que te feliciten, te pidan autógrafos, pero no cambia mi forma de ser y de vivir.
- Pero en algo afectará la cotidianidad, en tu familia, en la gente que se te acerca.
- Siempre, cuanto más famoso sos, más gente se te va a acercar por interés. Pero con la cabeza bien y con los amigos que tengo, por ahora no me afecta. Espero que no me afecte nunca. Igual, cuanto más alejado de todo eso, mejor. Mis viejos están contentos, pero es difícil porque no estamos acostumbrados a tanta prensa. Preferimos tener un perfil bajo, pero con la Davis fue imposible.
- ¿Pudiste terminar la secundaria e irte de viaje de egresados?
- Terminé de estudiar en un colegio a distancia. Y lo de Bariloche no pudo ser porque arranqué a jugar en Adelaida. Es una cuenta pendiente, me va a quedar para más adelante. Quizás para fin de este año. No será Bariloche, pero sí cualquier otro lugar con mi grupo de siempre, que somos diez amigos.
- ¿Y, sacan chapa con eso de "soy amigo de"?
- No, mis amigos no son nada de eso, por ahí algún día nos hacen pasar a algún lugar o algo así, pero nada más. No soy el tenista para ellos, soy Juan Martín.
- La diferencia es que cuando salen ellos sí pueden emborracharse...
- Yo no tomo alcohol, no me gusta. Pero cuando los veo partidos y disfrutando de una buena noche, y yo ahí tranquilito, me da un poco de cosa. Y sí, tengo 18 años, pero la sé disfrutar de otra manera.
- ¿Te levantaste muchas minas desde que estás en el circuito ATP?
- Ja, ja. Esa pregunta... Y sí, un par me levanté. Ayuda ser tenista conocido. Es más, por ahí mis amigos, cuando están con un par de copas encima, también dicen que me conocen y eso les ayuda.
- ¿En qué torneo están las mejores mujeres?
- En Umag, en Croacia, hay chicas muy lindas. Muchas promotoras. Eso sí, ahí nada de castellano. Hay que hablarles en inglés o italiano.
- O sea que tu msn debe ser bien internacional, con señoritas de varios países.
-Ja, ja, depende. Tampoco es para tanto. Tengo mucha gente, no sólo chicas. Con algunas hablo cada tanto y a unas cuántas ni siquiera las conozco. Pero sí, es verdad, ser tenista y ganar torneos ayuda. Y con la Davis se suma mucho.
- Y cuando chamuyás, ¿lo primero que decís es tu profesión?
- No, no digo nada, sería muy soberbio. Además, hace mucho que no chamuyo. Desde que estoy de novio esas cosas se dejaron de lado.
- Cuando salís con tu novia, ¿se pone muy incómoda cuando se te acercan otras chicas?
- Salimos a comer y al cine de vez en cuando, pero a pasear no mucho por eso mismo. Hacemos cosas tranqui. Es medio insoportable para ella, y para mí también. Pero por suerte no es celosa y no se mete en mi vida. Lo bueno es que no tiene nada que ver con el tenis. Es de Tandil y la conozco desde que tengo once años.
- ¿La llevaste a algún torneo?
- No, todavía no. Y no me lo pide tampoco. Yo tengo mi vida y ella también tiene la suya. Además, hay que saber diferenciar las cosas. Ya vamos a tener tiempo para estar juntos.
- ¿Cual fue el mejor regalo que le hiciste?
- No, sé, no me acuerdo... Una vez le regalé un alfajor.
- Ah, entonces es verdad eso de que los tenistas son agarrados.
- No, le regalo cosas. Cuando viajo, siempre le traigo algo. Bah, no siempre, porque después la malacostumbro y se pone complicada la cosa. En mi familia también siempre ligan algo.
- ¿Tenés auto?
- No. Uso el de papá o el de mamá.
- ¿Y algún lujo que te hayas dado?
- No somos de darnos lujos en la familia. Prefiero guardar la plata para cosas importantes, antes de gastarla en otras que no lo son. Me gustaría tener mi auto, pero todavía soy chico y no voy a andar gastando la plata por lujos que me quiera dar yo. Sí es verdad que tengo cosas que antes no tenía. Pero no pasa tanto por lo material. Sí por hacer una fiesta de fin de año, un asado o llevarme amigos a los torneos.
- ¿Seguís siendo amigo de Nadal, o ya se agrandó y no te da bola?
- No, seguimos chateando cada tanto.
- ¿A la Play no juegan más?
- No, ahí sí que no tengo rival. Acá, entre los argentinos, hay buen nivel. Mónaco y Calleri me hacen competencia, pero a los de afuera le ganamos con la camiseta. Moya, Nadal y el resto de los españoles, se cansaron de perder con nosotros. Y eso que hay apuestas, siempre es por cenas o alguna prenda.
- ¿Quién es el tenista más jodón?
- El más divertido, sin dudas es Chelita. Siempre tiene salidas muy rápidas. Estando con él te divertís mucho.
- ¿Alguna que te haya hecho?
- El no, pero una vez Zabaleta me llamó haciéndose pasar por un periodista, y yo caí e hice toda la nota. Al toque llamó uno Gantman, de la Rock and Pop, y yo, pensando que seguía la joda, lo re cagué a puteadas al aire. Quedé para el culo.

POR MAXIMILIANO GOLDSCHMIDT | FOTO: GENTILEZA DIARIO EL ECO DE TANDIL

*Ljubica*
03-13-2007, 08:18 PM
Well thanks for that Reiko :) Must admit a couple of parts of that made me ROFL :lol: but I guess I had better not say which bits here!!! Thanks anyway!

Warort
03-13-2007, 11:00 PM
Mariano Del Potro
WTF? XD

*Ljubica*
03-24-2007, 03:01 PM
Here is a link to a very long interview with Juan's coach, all about working with him, and their goals and plans for the future.

http://batanga.sportsya.com/entrevista.php?id=259&id_estruc=1

It explains the reasoning behind playing all the hard court tournaments - that Juan needs experience on them, and will also have less pressure than playing on clay where he is expected to do better, and is very interesting reading. Sorry it is way too long for me to translate at the moment.

jayjay
03-24-2007, 09:26 PM
I wonder if this is already posted.
Also wonder if you guys are interested in Mariano del Potro at all....


:lol: This Mariano sounds good, seems a player to look out for. :)

*Ljubica*
04-09-2007, 10:36 AM
Here is a link to an interview with Juan after the DC. He will go home for 3 weeks now, and return to the Tour in Estoril :) And - yes - I will be there :)

http://www.eleco.com.ar/selarticulo2.php?idarticulo=92079

Nev
04-10-2007, 01:38 AM
Great Rosie!! :D

Your reports are always good so I will be waiting for them :yeah:

FiBeR
04-10-2007, 01:40 AM
no Monte Carlo for del potro? :sad:

FiBeR
04-10-2007, 01:40 AM
everyone who speaks spoanish is invited to play TT Dulce de Leche by the way :devil:

Dragula.mp3
04-10-2007, 02:01 AM
I've found this on Ole, today. I think Del Potro fans, will like to take a look. A couple of words from Wilander, talking about Del Potro.

Wilander was shocked by Del Potro perfomance on this tie. He said, "he is a great player, I was shocked by his backhand, is pretty good. And if he kept continue serving the way he did, he is gonna be very hard to beat" "I think that in short time, he will become a top ten"

There is plenty more on this article, but the only important part I found was that. The rest is from the people of Clarín, and they tend to talk a "LOT". http://www.ole.clarin.com/notas/2007/04/09/um/01396630.html

cobalt60
04-10-2007, 02:09 AM
Thank you for the link :D

*Ljubica*
04-10-2007, 05:03 AM
Thanks for the link Dragula :hug: and for your nice words Nev :)

And no FiBeR - JM is taking a 3 week holiday at home with his family and has chosen not to participate in Monte Carlo this year.