Juan Martin del Potro: 'When this fails, the blow is hard'

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Juan Martin del Potro: 'When this fails, the blow is hard'

Juan Martín del Potro believes that Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner could be "the rivalry of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer of this generation" On Wednesday, Alcaraz and Sinner offered an absolute show at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

After five hours and 15 minutes of exhausting battle, Alcaraz defeated Sinner 6-3 6-7 (7) 6-7 (0) 7-5 6-3. The match ended at 2:50 a.m. and set the new record for the latest finish in tournament history. Alcaraz saved a match point in the fourth set and recovered from a break down in the fifth.

"I am fascinated with the level of tennis of these boys. It will be the Federer-Nadal of the next few years," del Potro told ESPN. After losing twice to Sinner this summer, Alcaraz has finally managed to beat the Italian.

At Wimbledon, Sinner defeated Alcaraz in the round of 16. A few weeks later, Sinner beat Alcaraz in the Umag final to claim his first title of the season. In New York, Sinner had a match point to earn his third win of the season against Alcaraz.

But Alcaraz miraculously managed to get the victory. The confrontation between the two in the main category is now 2-2. "We are friends off the court and on it when we train or play against each other. We try to compete in the best possible way, which I think is very nice to see.

You know we are young. We are both young but we both play amazing tennis. So, let's see in the future what will happen."

Juan Martin del Potro on his injury

Former Top 10 player Juan Martin del Potro has revealed heartbreaking details of his injury struggles.

“I recently went to Switzerland to see another doctor,” Del Potro told Argentinean publication La Nacion. “I started another treatment, it was recommended by many tennis players and so far I have not even had a positive result.

Imagine what it’s like after every treatment attempt or surgery, the frustration I can feel when things don’t work out. As usual I delude myself, I hope, I have faith in every new treatment I try and, when this fails, the blow is hard.

And for three and a half years, despite several surgeries and treatments, it always happened. Today I can only walk, I can’t run on the treadmill, I can’t climb the stairs without pain. I can’t drive for a long time without stopping to stretch my legs.

This is my reality, which is hard, it is sad, but I always try to improve my situation and my new challenge is also to live in the best possible way, even psychologically, despite my problem”.