Del Potro: 'I like grass, that 2018 Rafael Nadal clash was a great battle'


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Del Potro: 'I like grass, that 2018 Rafael Nadal clash was a great battle'

Troubled with a knee injury since the last October, world no. 12 Juan Martin del Potro had played only four tournaments in 2019, unable to find the form he had in the previous season when he became world no. 3 for the first time in a career.

The 30-year-old is currently ranked 12th after just seven wins this year, reaching the quarter-final in Delray Beach where he started to feel the pain again, staying away from the court until Madrid and competing in Rome (two match points against Novak Djokovic) and Roland Garros as well.

Juan Martin has turned his focus to grass now, heading to Queen's as the 3rd seed and kicking off the tough draw against Denis Shapovalov in the first round. Speaking about his current shape, Delpo has confirmed his knees are fine at the moment, looking forward to competing on grass again, especially after a thrilling Wimbledon last year when he reached the quarter-final.

In one of the best matches of the season, Nadal prevailed 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after four hours and 48 minutes of mindblowing tennis and Juan Martin is hoping for more of the same in the next couple of weeks on grass, seeking wins and the place in the top-10 that he lost after Roland Garros.

"I'm feeling good, I'm excited about playing on grass. My knees are o.k at the moment, I'm doing good preparation and now it is time to play a competitive match and see how it goes. I'm adapting to grass well, I know this surface can help me a little bit with my movement and I will do my best to make a winning start.

I like to play on grass, maybe as much as I like hard courts, I had great results in the past playing on grass and that great battle with Rafa at Wimbledon last year, five sets of high intensity. I'm looking forward to the same this year."