Juan Martin del Potro has something to smile about. The tall Argentine, who’s recovery from wrist surgery has one from strength to strength, has hit a new high as the former top five player claimed his first title in over a year at Delray Beach.
Juan Martin defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4.
The former world number four appeared visibly tired during the final and was forced to fight his way back from a 1-4 deficit in the first set before reeling of five consecutive games for the first set.
Andy Murray will surely be watching the return of a player that was challenging for some of the top positions. Murray will also be watching because Juan Martin has something Murray is missing – a Grand Slam.
“Janko had the control in the first set, but I was focused on my serve because it was only a break. If I get a break soon, maybe I can come back to fight that set, and that’s what happened. I served very bad at 5-4, he had the opportunity to break my serve, but I improved a little bit my game, my forehand started to work; that helped me to close the set.
I don’t know if I’m ready to fight with top-10 players, but I’m working very hard and hope to do it soon. I need 20-to-25 matches before I’ll really be ready to play with them, but it’s coming soon.
Three months ago I was thinking I’ll be trying to play tournaments. Now I have won a tournament. It’s great to win a tournament after a year. I feel completely tired but it’s amazing for me, this comeback. I don’t know if I’m ready to fight with top 10 players, but I’m working very hard and hope to do it soon. I need 20 to 25 matches before I’ll really be ready to play with them, but it’s coming soon.” – Juan Martin del Potro
“I think the key was one of 11 break points and my first serve percentage was just horrible. All the factors were going my way today to win. He was playing every single match late at night with no wind, so he was not adapted to the weather. You could see that in the middle of the first set that he picked up, but it was a tough match. We played almost two hours, two sets, but I really didn’t use my chances.” – Janko Tipsarevic