Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Australian Open Day 9: JMDP

Curtain Call

Player: Juan Martin del Potro
Age: 23
Nation: Argentina
Current Ranking: 11
Today's Result: loss to Roger Federer (3rd seed, Switzerland) in straight sets

Photo via SportsTwo

Never mind today's pasting. It's great to see del Potro back on track. His fourth round finish is an improvement on last year's second round exit - enough to bolster his ranking going forward. His bazooka forehand alone makes del Potro worth watching but he's far from a one-shot wonder. He belongs in the top tier and has shown that he's fully capable of beating anyone. He's always a two-week hot streak away from winning his second Slam. Interesting, yet trivial fact I learned today: he is the tallest player ever to win a Slam tournament.

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