Del Potro: "Match with Novak Djokovic changed my situation"

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Del Potro: "Match with Novak Djokovic changed my situation"

Juan Martin del Potro ended the rehab period of nearly two months in Miami afterwards a right knee operation and is now under compulsory quarantine in Argentina. He will be quarantined for 15 days as usual for possible contagion from coronavirus.

In recent days, the Argentine player recalled the upset of Rio Olympics 2016, defeating the top seed Novak Djokovic in the first round. “When I went back to play in 2016, I went back and played slice, I couldn’t play with two hands.

It wasn’t my game, I wasn’t feeling well,” Del Potro revealed during his chat with Argentine Basketball player Manu Ginobili. “I had a before and an after in the Olympics Games in Rio. The match with Djokovic changed my situation for the better.

I was able to take off my career again and rearranged myself as I could,” the 31-year-old added. Del Potro has a 4–16 record against Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won their first four meetings, before back to back victories for del Potro at the 2011 Davis Cup and their Bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in straight sets.

However, in 2013, Djokovic got the upper hand on the rivalry again and won two of the most important matches between them to date; an epic five-setter at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships semifinals and a thrilling three-setter at the 2013 Shanghai Masters final.

In the same year, del Potro defeated Djokovic en route to his second Masters 1000 final, at the 2013 Indian Wells Masters, where he lost to Nadal. Del Potro upset Djokovic in the first round at the 2016 Olympics in Rio en route to the final, where he lost to Murray.

Djokovic defeated Del Potro in three close sets in the final of the 2018 US Open, which was the first grand slam final for Del Potro since his victory at the 2009 US Open. Three of his four victories have come via national representation tournaments.