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Juan Martin Del Potro - Argentina
6'6\ (198 cm)"
182 lbs (83 kg)
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On the Court
Played all Futures and Challenger level events in 2005, mainly in South and Central America. His first ATP match was at Vina del Mar in 2006 as he defeated Albert Portas in the first round, 6-2, 6-2. Received a wild card to Roland Garros and lost in the first round to Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets. Made two quarterfinals to end the year 10-12 ranked inside the Top 100. Went to a full-time ATP schedule in 2007 and finished the year 28-25. Made his first semifinal appearance, doing so at Adelaide in the first tournament of the year. His first Grand Slam victory came int he first round of the Australian Open. Reached the fourth round of the Miami Masters with wins over two Top 20 players. Reached the third round of the US Open. Joined the Top 50 for the first time after a third-round appearance at the Madrid Masters. Had his breakout year in 2008, going 46-16 and winning the first four titles of his professional career. Missed two months between the Australian Open and the Miami Masters with injuries, and was just 7-6 after losing in the second round of the French Open. Started to round into form with a semifinal appearance as s-Hertogenbosch, then won Stuttgart while dropping just one set and blasting No. 15 Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5 in the final to jump from 65th to 44th. Proved it was no fluke by winning Kitzbuhel the next week to jump to 24th. Came to America for the US Open Series and dazzled the crowd as Los Angeles with his third straight title, this one in Los Angeles with a victory over No. 9 Andy Roddick, his first victory against a Top 10 player to move to 19th. Didn't stop there, winning Washington D.C. over Viktor Troicki for his fourth straight title to jump to 17th in the world. Win streak finally ended at 23 in the quarterfinals of the US Open at the hands of No. 6 Andy Roddick, but still moved up to No. 13 in the world with his first Final Eight Grand Slam appearance. Won both his singles matches in Argentina's Davis Cup semifinal clash with Russia, then reached the finals at Tokyo, including an upset of No. 5 David Ferrer. Wound up in the Tennis Masters Cup after starting the year ranked 44th and went 1-2 in round-robin play. Won 36 of his final 45 matches on the season. Best season to date as a pro commenced in 2009, with Del Potro going 54-16, winning three titles including his first Grand Slam and earning more than $4.7 million in prize money. Started the season by winning Auckland and followed it up with a quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open, where he was thrashed by No. 2 Roger Federer 6-3, 6-0, 6-0. Reached at least the quarterfinals of his next four tournaments and upset No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Miami to rise to No. 5 in the world. Fought to the semifinals at Roland Garros and had a two-sets-to-one lead over Federer but ultimately fell 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2, 1-6, 4-6. After another early exit at Wimbledon, he defended his title at Washington, D.C., rallying past No.5 Roddick, then lost the final of the Rogers Cup to Murray after defeating Nadal in the quarterfinals and Roddick in the semifinals. This set the stage for the greatest highlight of his career. Marched to the semifinals of the US Open, losing only two sets along the way. Crushed Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals, then pulled one of the greatest shockers in Grand Slam history, rallying from down 2 sets to 1 to defeat Federer 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 for the title - his first Grand Slam title. It was the first time any man had defeated both Nadal and Federer in the same tournament, and it became the only Grand Slam win by someone not named Nadal, Federer, or Novak Djokovic between the 2005 French Open and the 2012 US Open. Reached the finals at the Barclays, beating Federer again in round-robin play before losing to Nikolay Davydenko. As lofty as his 2009 was, 2010 was just the opposite for Del Potro. He was upset in the fourth round of the Australian Open by Marin Cilic in five sets, and suffered a wrist injury shortly thereafter which kept him out of action for eight months, during which time he dropped to No. 36 in the world, although his ranking was injury-protected after a point. He played just twice the rest of the season, losing both matches and finishing the season a meager 3-3. The following season was a great testament to Del Potro's dedication and work ethic, as he went 48-18, won two titles and finished the year just outside the Top 10. An amazing feat considered he was ranked 484th in the world in early February. After starting the season 2-2, he made the San Jose and Memphis semifinals, then won Delray Beach for his first title since the 2009 US Open - propelling himself back into the Top 100. He made huge strides forward from there, with a semifinal appearance at Indian Wells and a tournament title at Estoril that saw him beat No. 5 Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals to soar to No. 32. He made his best trip to date at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round before losing to Nadal to rejoin the Top 20, then reached the finals at Vienna and the semis at Valencia to finish the year No. 11. The following season, 2012, saw Del Potro set a new career high for victories with 65, and tie his career-high with four titles. He reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, his first final eight Grand Slam appearance since winning the US Open in 2009. A month later, he won Marseille to rejoin the Top 10, and in total reached at least the quarterfinals of the first six tournaments he played in. His second victory of the year came by repeating as champion at Estoril, and he reached the quarters at Roland Garros, blowing a 2-0 set lead over Federer to lose in five. At the London Olympics, he won the bronze medal for Argentina by defeating Djokovic 7-5, 6-4, after losing an epic semifinal match to Fedeer, 6-3, 6-7(5), 17-19. Finished the year with back-to-back titles at Vienna and Basel, defeating No. 1 Federer in the latter, his first win over the Swiss since 2009. Reached the semifinals at the Barclays, defeating Federer in round-robin play before losing to Djokovic.
Grand Slam Singles Titles:
2009 US Open
Year-End Singles Rankings:
2012: 7 2011: 11 2010: 258 2009: 5 2008: 9 2007: 44 2006: 92 2005: 157
Off the Court
Is the son of Daniel, a veterinarian and former semi-pro rugby player, and Patricia, a teacher. Speaks three languages - Spanish, English and Italian. Was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2011. A mural of him was dedicated after his bronze medal performance at the 2012 London Olympics. While in Rome in 2013, met the Pope, who is also from Argentina.
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