Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro admitted that the 2009 US Open experience was "unique" as he will never forget beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win his first Grand Slam title. Del Potro beat Nadal in the 2009 US Open semifinal, before beating Federer to raise his first Grand Slam crowd.
"The last two days of the US Open, against Nadal and Federer, were unique. What I experienced in the Davis Cup was a dream. And personally, the Rio Games were very nice," del Potro said, according to Sportskeeda. "There's the podium...
[it can] [help] get through everything because they make me feel it. I always liked a low profile, speaking little, speaking on the court and communicating what is fair and necessary. Therefore, going out and saying everything I had saved is not easy," Del Potro said.
“I feel relieved and transparent as always. I worked three months to play in Buenos Aires. Perhaps what frustrates me is the pain in the leg. I would like it to be less to deal with everything differently. But it's what I have to do."
Del Potro revealed that he will probably retire after playing Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. without so much tennis ahead," Del Potro said. "I decided to play because it was the tournament in Buenos Aires and possibly I wasn't going to be able to do it another time."
Federer last played professional tennis at Wimbledon
In a recent interview at Maharashtra Open 2022, World No. 14 Aslan Karatsev revealed that Roger Federer is his idol. "I would go with Roger Federer. Because he showed fantastic tennis even in this age.
I was practicing with him a couple of times. Still, the way how he plays, how he feels the ball, and how he moves is something another level," said Karatsev. Interestingly, this is not the first time Karatsev has showered high praise on Federer.
In an interview last year, the Russian described Federer as his "childhood idol" and said he hoped to face him on the court some day. "His game is unique. He was my childhood idol. The way Roger stays fit is amazing.
I do not know how he is able to do it. He is 40 and still moves very well! I would like to face him," stated the Russian back then. Roger Federer last played professional tennis at the 2021 Wimbledon, where he suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.