Juan Martin del Potro has no plans to stop playing. Despite the many injuries that have characterized his career, the Argentine tennis player still wants to return to the courts. Between the forced stop for the covid-19 and the many personal KOs, del Potro has currently slipped to the number 131 position of the ATP ranking but is almost ready to resume his very personal climb to success.
At the 2012 Olympics Games, Juan Martin Del Potro lost his chance to win a gold medal after losing to Roger Federer in a thrilling match. However, he did manage to win the bronze by beating Novak Djokovic. In a recent video by ITF, the Argentine talked about how Federer reacted to his win.
Del Potro on Roger Federer
“When I arrived at the podium ceremony, everyone was expecting Djokovic but instead, it was me. Roger Federer asked, ‘What happened? What are you doing here?’ I told him I won.
Federer said, ‘I am so happy for you, I am really glad after our match. How wonderful!’. That is my most vivid memory from London" - Juan Martin del Potro told. Delpo and Roger Federer have played 25 times, with Federer leading 18–7.
They have met seven times in Grand Slam tournaments, with Federer leading 5–2. Their two most famous Grand Slam tournament meetings came in 2009. The first was in the French Open semifinals, when Federer survived a five-set clash when he was on his way to the only French title of his career.
The second was in the final of the US Open, where del Potro beat five-time defending champion Federer in five sets, ending his 20-match winning streak at Grand Slams. Another high-profile match was in the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympics, where Federer prevailed 19–17 in the final set to secure the Olympic silver medal.
They also met in the finals of the Swiss Indoors in 2012, 2013 and 2017, with del Potro prevailing on first two occasions, and Federer on last one of them in tight three-set matches. In the 2017 U.S. Open quarterfinals, in a rematch of the 2009 US Open final, Del Potro again beat Federer in four sets to end his unbeaten streak in grand slams that year.
With this win, Del Potro also denied the first Federer-Nadal match at US Open, as in 2009 where he beat Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals. Federer, however avenged this loss at the Shanghai Masters semifinals, where he beat del Potro in three sets after coming from a set down.
In the final at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open del Potro beat Federer in three close sets, after facing match points in the third set. With this win del Potro won his first Masters 1000 title of his career.