Del Potro: 'I want to raise my rankings and get closer to the top players'

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Del Potro: 'I want to raise my rankings and get closer to the top players'

Exactly a year ago, Juan Martin Del Potro's future was uncertain. He was about to play his first match of his comeback in Delray Beach against Denis Kudla. 12 months after, his feelings are totally different. It was a very long off-season for the Tandil native, who has not played an official match since even the Davis Cup final against Croatia.

In December, he decided to skip the Australian swing to practice and recover. 'This off-season was different than the previous ones, because I am healthy and I know the 80% of the tournaments I will play,' said Del Potro ahead of the ATP Delray Beach event where he will play his first match against Kevin Anderson. 'I did new things like doing yoga every week.

I feel in a good shape for this tournament and I hope to be at 100% for the whole season. 'In 2016 I played only 12 tournaments and I broke into the top 40. The 2017 season is a great challenge because if I can play 20 events, I will have the chance to keep raising in the rankings and get closer as much as possible to the top players,' added Del Potro, who won't play much in the first half of the season: in March he will be in Indian Wells and Miami and then he will start his clay season in May, in Estoril.

A too small schedule to set high goals at the moment. In the second half of the season he will play more events, but now in his mind there is only Delray Beach, where it will be very important to start well. ALSO READ: Mardy Fish: 'It would be interesting to go in Roger Federer's mind'