Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In Toyko he was smashed by Feliciano Lopez, a player who would usually not worry del Potro. He realised he'd tried to come back to soon and disappeared back to South America.
In his absence men's tennis had continued its predictable pathway that it had been meandering down prior to his five set US Open win over Federer. Sure 2010 was dramatic with Rafael Nadal smashing record after record and annihilating everyone in his path, and for the record I loved it, but it lacked excitement. You knew Nadal, through sheer willpower, would win the US Open before it had even started. You knew he was going to win Roland Garros.
Juan Martin del Potro added spice to the men's game, someone besides Rafa and Roger to really contend at Grand Slams, sadly he disappeared and we were left with the continual disappointments of Andy Murray and flashes of brilliance from Novak Djokovic who seems to have pulled it all together since helping Serbia win the Davis Cup.
To see the gangly Argentine, who seems to bark as he serves, return to the courts with his cool demeanor, pumping winners over the court, is truly a sight for sore eyes. No one had any idea how long it would take him to return to form - he's not quite there but he's not far off.
Hearts around the world sank when del Potro had his wrist attended to by the physio during his second round match against Marcos Baghdatis at the Australian Open but it seems to be smooth sailing for the former world number four.