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DEL POTRO WRIST OP

Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, is all set to go through a wrist operation tomorrow. He would have to remain out of action for a few months because of that.

Del Potro’s wrist had been giving him problems for quite some time. He had to miss tournaments because of that. So, finally, he decided to go for the permanent solution of the problem which is surgery.

The doctor who would be doing that operation of Del Potro is not an unfamiliar one for him. He had done his operation once in the past as well and that was a successful operation. The Argentinean would be hoping that he does a good job this time around as well.

Interacting with his fans on a social networking site, Del Potro admitted that opting for surgery was a difficult decision at this stage.

The statement that he released on that site reads, “It’s never easy for any sportsperson to go under the knife as after that you have to remain on the sidelines for several weeks which can be very frustrating and then when you return, it takes you a while to get into your groove. So, I guess a difficult period awaits me, but, that happens with everyone and you have just got to deal with it.”

Earlier, it had been assumed that Del Potro would go for surgery after the Miami masters, but, the Argentinean realized that he would not be able to get through the tournament with that wrist of his and thus, he withdrew.

Del Potro is presently in top 10 in the official ATP rankings, but, his time away from the game after the surgery would affect his position there. However, that’s not something that he would be worried about.

MAHUT OUT

Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, has defeated Nicolas Mahut of France in the second round of the ongoing Apia International Sydney Tennis Tournament. This win has taken Del Potro to the quarter final round where he will play against the Czech player Radek Stepanek.

This was Del Potro’s first match in the 2014 season and as expected, he was a bit rusty at the start. There wasn’t that much fluency in his shots and he gifted away the points to his opponent on a regular basis to lose the opener by a big margin of 1-6, but, after that, he looked an entirely different player. He committed very few errors in the next couple of sets and ended up winning the match.

This was only the second time that Del Potro was facing Mahut. Before this, these two guys had taken on each other at Flushing Meadows 6 years back in 2007 and in that match also; it was Del Potro who had emerged out as winner.

The 25 years old Argentinean player would be quite happy to begin the new season on a winning note. He had played brilliantly right through the previous season and he would like to do the same in the ongoing season too.

Talking to the reporters after the match against Mahut, Del Potro said, “This was my first game in about eight weeks and I think I played alright. The surface was quite quick and I had a bit of difficult initially, but, I adjusted my game accordingly in the last two sets.”

“Nicolas is a difficult guy to play against. Every time I play against him, there is a close match.”

Del Potro is currently at the 5th position in the official ATP rankings.

DEL POTRO BEATEN

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Martin Del Potro, has been defeated by Tobias Kamke of Germany in the second round of the Sony Open on Saturday. Kamke won the match in the straight sets by 7-6(5), 6-1.

This was a huge upset. Del Potro had come into this tournament with some form. In the recently played BNP Paribas Open, he had defeated the no. 1 player in the world Novak Djokovic in the semi finals. Also, his world ranking is much higher than Kamke. So, not many people would have expected him to suffer a straight set defeat against a relatively lesser experienced German player. But, it happened. Kamke stunned Del Potro with his ruthless approach.

In the first five games of the opening set, there were no breakthroughs. Del Potro broke in the 6th game and then, held his serve in the 7th game to make the score 5-2 in his favour.

By serving out the eighth game, Kamke decreased the lead to 3-5. Del Potro was serving for the set in the 9th game, but, Kamke didn’t let him serve it out. With a break of serve, he ensured that the set would go further. A serve hold for Kamke in the 10th game levelled the scores.

Both the players held their serve in the next two games which extended the set into the tie breaker. Kamke continued playing with aggression in the tie breaker as well and won it to grab the set.

In the second set, Del Potro performed poorly on his serve and dropped his serve a couple of times consecutively. As a result of that, Kamke took a lead of 5-0. The Argentinean won his third service game in the set to make it 5-1, but, that was too little to change the course of the match. Kamke served out the 7th game and secured a huge win.

Kamke’s next opponent will be Jurgen Melzer of Austria.

DEL POTRO BEATS GULBIS

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Martin Del Potro, has defeated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the pre quarter final match of ABN AMRO World Tennis tournament. Del Potro won the match in the straight sets by 7-6, 6-3.

There was a huge difference in the current world rankings of these two players and it was expected that Del Potro would dominate against Gulbis. The same thing happened. It was a power packed performance by the Frenchman. He thrashed his Latvian opponent and made his way into the final 8. The match went on for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Both the players had a good start. In the opening set, all the 12 games went with the serve which took the set into the tie breaker.

The tie breaker was also pretty close. Both the players had won 5 points each and from that stage, the set could have gone either way. It was Del Potro who won the next two points with a couple of fine forehand shots and sealed the set.

In the second set, both the players held their serve in the first seven games and the score was 4-3 in Del Potro’s favour when the seventh game got finished. The Argentinean broke his opponent’s service in the 8th game and then, wrapped up the match by holding his serve in the ninth game.

The last time that these two players had played against each other was in 2011. In that match, Del Potro was defeated by Gulbis. So, the Argentinean avenged that defeat.

In the post match interview, Del Potro, “Although I won but, honestly speaking, I need to put up an improved performance in the next matches. Today, I felt that I didn’t play my return shots well.”