Juan Martin del Potro has showed his fighting spirit is still alive and kicking as he took on Feliciano Lopez in the first round of Sydney’s Medibank International. You have to feel a bit sorry for Feliciano, he always seems to get hard first round opponents and almost gets the better of them but eventually goes home a first round loser, however, he did produce some beautiful serve and volley tennis.
Again today Lopez pushed del Potro all the way in their 3 hour and 20 minute match that saw three tie breaks, the Argentine eventually winning 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. Feliciano had one match point in the second set with a service point to try and close out the match in straight sets but when he didn’t go for the kill del Potro did and produced a cross court forehand winner.
Del Potro needed three set points to take the second set.
Lopez continued to push del Potro in the humidity, having six break point chances which he couldn’t convert. Both men produced some huge serves, particularly considering the improvements to Lopez’s serve – Lopez served 20 and del Potro served 21.
Juan Martin, who has struggled with a wrist injury which required surgery, has gone almost exactly a year without winning a match due to his extensive time out. He will now face Florian Mayer
“I don’t expect this kind of match for the start, but we played a beautiful match, very close. Feliciano is a fantastic player on this kind of surface, and I played good tennis again. I feel good all on my match, and finally I won a match since one year.
I worked very hard for two months in Argentina. My coaches trust in my conditions and I trust in myself, so I’m ready again to play long matches. I am still lower with my level, I need time. I need work to keep going in this road. It’s a long road to be in the Top 10 again, but I’m ready to try. I need matches and matches, practice, and work. Maybe four, six months I’m ready to play again good tennis.” – Juan Martin del Potro
Watch the highlights and Juan Martin’s post match conference here