Juan Martin del Potro won against fellow Argentine Diego Schwartzman with 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 within three rounds in the US Open 2016 on Tuesday. Delpo’s win was considered a huge success after missing US Open since 2013.
Delpo’s current rank as 142nd did not seem to be a hurdle to defeat no. 70 seed Argentine Schwartzman. After missing successive events due to series of injuries, Delpo was able to manage a strong comeback though his entry started as a wild card.
For three years of agonizing continuous wrist operations due to injuries, Delpo wasn’t able to play on court for three years. With his rank that dropped from 125th when he started his professional tennis career to 262nd and missed a lot of tournaments, he was about to quit in 2015 for good.
However, he made a decision to try playing in Rio Olympics 2016. For him, it was just an attempt and see whether he really has a chance to go back on court and win. Unexpectedly, he won series of matches including his game against no. 1 seed Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Furthermore, he ended facing no. 2 seed Andy Murray and lost within the three rounds for more than four-hour match. Although he landed in second place, Delpo felt grateful for the opportunity to play the sport he loves. That same event inspired him to pursue tennis once again.
“That means big things to myself. I’m so glad to be a part of the tournament once again after three years. I really appreciate the wild-card chance, the chance to play; that’s important for me. The crowd makes me feel special. They create things on every court,” he told New York Times.
Moreover, his win in Rio brought his hometown much excitement which he hasn’t experienced since 2009 when he defeated two tennis elites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the US Open. At that time, many of the spectators anticipated him to reach the top 5 of the ATP. But injuries turned his dream upside down four months after his US Open win.
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In his US Open 2016 comeback, continuous predictions about Delpo’s second chance to battle against the two greatest tennis players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, once again. The question is will Delpo finally succeed against the no. 1 and no. 2 seeds soon?
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