Del Potro: Harsh defeat, but I am feeling well


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Del Potro: Harsh defeat, but I am feeling well

Juan Martin del Potro lost to Karen Khachanov in four sets in the French Open fourth round. In his press conference, the 2009 US Open winner said: "Well, first of all, I think I started very well. I was playing better than him, but I couldn't use the opportunities I had.

I had several breakpoints, but I only -- I didn't win any, and he, with one breakpoint, he won the first set. The second set was very fast. I couldn't fight back. And then the match started taking the pace I wanted to give.

I felt more at ease. And in the fourth set, I had more breakpoints. Two forehands just outside, and I really played to the limit of my capabilities. That's why I made errors. And from that point onwards, I tried to come back up and I was unable, but I think I fought very hard until the end.

I didn't give up either for physical or mental reasons. I was present, and that's what's important. It's true that the first set, the weather conditions were faster, and I took advantage of that. So I had started better.

But then it's true that Karen has very good physical shape, and he's able to load the ball, give a lot of power to it. In the third and fourth set, on these errors that I made because of taking too many risks, he took advantage to be more solid in his game, to take the advantage.

And in these conditions, very few players can hit the ball so hard. Karen is one of these players, and he made me run a lot." On his physical condition, del Potro concluded: "I'm feeling well, beyond this defeat, which is pretty harsh.

As of tomorrow, we will be talking about my future tournaments, Queen's, Wimbledon. And I think that we won't think about rehabilitation or recovery after this week."