In an interview to Tennis World USA, Franco Davin recalled his longtime co-operation with Juan Martin del Potro. In 2016, they split after working for many years together. The reason is a clear one, Davin just wanted to be with his family and working with Juan Martin was getting tougher and tougher.
Injuries, Davin said, were not the reason behind their split. "I was living in Buenos Aires and in 2015 I moved to Miami. Coaching a player living in different cities is tough." Would del Potro have broken Nadal, Federer and Djokovic dominance? "Del Potro is a guy who beat everyone.
Physical issues block you, he is a big, heavy player, and if you do not have the chance to practice, the time runs, it does not wait for you. Look at his recent knee injury: it's hard because you cannot do anything."
Is the 2009 US Open win over Federer the best win for David as a coach? "Not always the nicest win coincides with the most important tournament. With players I enjoy the entire process, then wins are consequences. Del Potro is a guy who works a lot, even Grigor Dimitrov, Coria, Gaudio, Fabio...
They had an impact on me. Because if you train well, results come." Asked if Fabio Fognini could win a Grand Slam, Davin replied: "We do not know, we will do everything as possible. Winning a Major is super tough, he played a lot and he only played a quarter-final.
You do not win a Major fortnight. I always tell him that he does not know how many Rome and French Opens he will play, they are the most important tournaments on clay for him and he needs to give his best even when he is not at his best physically."