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Old 01-06-2007, 12:32 PM   #121
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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.

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

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Old 01-06-2007, 12:59 PM   #122
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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.../01340040.html
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he'll play against agustin calleri in the heineken open...
a very hard match against another argentine...
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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
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uh, what does "flamboyant attitude" mean?
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I searched flamboyant in a French dictionary and it has many translations. It's something like bright, radiant.
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uh, what does "flamboyant attitude" mean?
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
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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.
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I see! Thanks for the explanations!
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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!
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Here is a link to a report in JM's local paper http://www.eleco.com.ar/selarticulo....5c8a058f0121f4

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.
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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
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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/le...s.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.
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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!!
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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.
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