Former world No. 1 Andy Murray says he can relate to Juan Martin del Potro as he is no stranger to dealing with major injuries and undergoing surgeries. Murray, who has had two major hip surgeries since 2017, paid tribute to del Potro, who ie heading into retirement.
"He's obviously been struggling for a very long time, I'm aware of what it's like to be in that position where you're sort of running out of options and things to rehab. Yeah it's really sad because he has had many issues throughout his career," Murray told Tennis TV.
"He was always competing with the top players, always very dangerous and as a player, he had power that very few guys on tour have ever had. His forehand was an unbelievable shot."
Murray added more praise on del Potro
"He was a really intelligent player, which I don't think gets spoken about that much because he was so powerfu.
He had issues with his wrist for a number of years. He had to adapt the way he was playing, used a lot of slice backhands and was still very competitive with the best players in the world, even with that issue," Murray added.
Del Potro played likely the last match of his career on Tuesday. Del Potro was handed a 6-1 6-3 loss by Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires first round. "The truth is that this is a moment I never wanted to come. Health leads me to have to make a decision: I made too much effort in these two and a half years," del Potro admitted after the match.
"Sometimes I can lose. I do not have the strength that everyone believes. I think I fulfilled all the dreams in tennis and the most difficult thing to achieve, which is the affection of the people. "I feel like I've given it all. This is a day I never wanted to come, but I'm going to remember it for the rest of my life."