Friday, September 7, 2012

US Open Day 11: Del Potro

Curtain Call

Player: Juan Martin Del Potro
Age: 23
Nation: Argentina
Current Ranking: 8
Today's Result: loss to Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 2nd seed) in straight sets

Photo via ball71

Just three years ago, it looked like Del Potro was ready to sneak in behind Djokovic and Murray to become the sport's next big star.  His beautiful run to the 2009 US Open title figured to be just the first of many Major wins.  As it turned out, Djokovic had a different story in mind.  I didn't watch too much of last night's match but I did catch the end of the second set.  Truth is, Del Potro played brilliantly.  His ground strokes were as breathtaking as ever.  The Djoker somehow managed to send most of them back.  Long term, I'd say JMDP needs to bash the ball harder into the corners, essentially widening the back of the court the way he has done on occasion against Nadal.  He will, indeed, win more Majors.  But he may need to wait for Djokovic to slow down a step.

So might they all.

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