Despite the raw physical power of Juan Martin del Potro, the lanky Argentine entered his semi final against Novak Djokovic at a heavy disadvantage with serious knee injury which hampered his movement. In a way it was one leg against two and the outcome was almost certain but the way it played out was incredible.
There seemed to be no way Novak was going to let the opportunity of a second Wimbledon final go without a battle to the death.
As it turns out Juan Martin del Potro was more than happy to battle to the death despite his knee injury.
Four hours and 42 minutes later on a sunny warm London day Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Read more
It was another hideous hyper-extension injury to the left knee of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the first game of his quarterfinal against David Ferrer that left many wondering if he’d done serious ligament damage. Somehow Juan Martin not only got up and walked on despite the pain but beat David Ferrer in straight sets.
It’s going to be another story in the semi finals against Novak Djokovic who has the power to match Del Potro but a flexibility that is matched seemingly by no one except a Cirque du Soleil acrobat.
Hopefully Delpo can find some stability in that knee to take him just a bit further.
Juan Martin Del Potro was leading two sets to love and up 3-0,30/40 against Grega Zemlja when he hyper-extended his knee chasing a drop shot down. If your stomach doesn’t do well with slow-motion injury replays then don’t watch this video because I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear that Del Potro has ruptured a cruciate ligament.
After the match Juan Martin also reported ankle pain.
“I will see the doctor, because I was going for the drop shot and I twisted my ankle. I hyper-extended my knee. It was really painful. I was a little scared at that moment.”
Since the 2004 French Open Roger Federer has appeared in every Grand Slam quarterfinal – an impressive record purely from an fitness perspective, BUT today that record making run ended.
Roger Federer was beaten in 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, 6-7 by Sergiy Stakhovsky who is currently ranked 116th in the world in the second round at his beloved Wimbledon. It was a strange day, just two days after Rafa Nadal went home in the first round, and on the same day where 7 player retired or withdrew with injury. Read more
Maria Sharapova fell over and complained that Court 2 was unsafe today not long before they started having Hawk Eye issues but that was just a small problem for Wimbledon today.
It started with an early morning announcement that there was essentially no point bothering to go down and line up for tickets. Some people waited in line for over six hours only to be irritatingly told they still had another 2-3 hours to wait. Others were entertained by Toni Nadal and Judy Murray serving coffee.
The players we not amused though. Read more
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Rafael Nadal has been comfortably beaten in three sets by Steve Darcis who is ranked 135 in the world on the first day of play at Wimbledon as his knee issues reared their ugly head against an inspired opponent. Darcis won 7-6, 7-6,
It was a horrible day at the office for Rafael. Last year he struggled with a knee injury few knew he was carrying. When Rosol beat Nadal in the second round over five sets people were shocked but today Rafa looked a shadow of the player who had been beaten in the Rosol match. It is the first time in his career that Rafa has ever been beaten in the first round of a Grand Slam. Read more
Rafael Nadal has overcome David Ferrer, a rain delay and some dangerous mid-match protests to claim his eighth Roland Garros title, his 12th Grand Slam overall. Nadal won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
The battle was between the King of Clay, the King of Heart and his compatriot, friend and video game playing partner David Ferrer who has been nicknamed ‘The Wall’. Ferrer, incredibly consistent, would have more titles to his name if it wasn’t for his friend Rafa.
Nadal drew blood in the third game and took a 2-1 lead with a break thanks to some great play from him and some unusual errors from Ferrer who appeared to be slightly nervous. Ferrer, needing two chances to break back in the following game, created some beautiful shots and covered some incredible distance to get back on serve. Read more
After an agonizing defeat after nearly six hours of battle in the 2012 Australian Open final Rafael Nadal has returned the favour to Novak Djokovic.
It has been just four months since Rafa returned to play after a seven month injury time out but the Spaniards body appeared to be near it’s powerful best during the four hour 37 minute match which he won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7.
Normally a slow starter, Rafa raced out of the gates as did Djokovic, both keen to assert themselves on the baseline and both refusing to back down at any point. Nadal drew first blood at 4-3 and then confidently held during a relatively routine first set. Read more
For the first time in this years Roland Garros tournament seven-time champion Rafael Nadal won in straight sets but it was far from pretty. Nadal beat the entertaining Italian stallion Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a battle that saw Nadal struggle to get going and Fabio produce some brilliant shots.
Taking notes from those who have seemingly recently decided Rafa is no longer a figure to fear on clay, Fognini went out hard from the beginning of the match, taking advantage of Rafa’s less than stellar play. Read more
You have to wonder how severe the injury is for world number one Novak Djokovic to end up in tears over a sprained ankle.
These boys are used to playing with pain every day. They’re used to running on blisters that the rest of us wouldn’t even dream of taking weight on and Novak has certainly improved his mental toughness over the last few years but he did loose it over the horrible ankle sprain he suffered during yesterdays Davis Cup match.
‘Injuries are part of the sport and you try to avoid them as an athlete as much as you can. The nature of the injury is still to be determined.
One hour, one hour and a half after the end of the match, all I can say is it Read more