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Del Potro's Davis Cup Return


Juan Martin del Potro's comeback season continues with a Davis Cup return this weekend.

The 2009 US Open champion is scheduled to play his first Davis Cup match in nearly four years when Argentina meets host Italy on the red clay of Pesaro.

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Del Potro has drawn doubles duty, partnering Guido Pella versus the Italian team of Marco Cecchinato and Paolo Lorenzi.




Argentine captain Daniel Orsanic and Italian leader Corrado Barrazutti can both make substitutions before Saturday's doubles match.

It will be del Potro's first Davis Cup appearance since he swept Radek Stepanek in Argentina's 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in the 2012 semifinals. Del Potro owns a 12-4 career record in Davis Cup competition and was a member of the 2011 team that lost to host Spain in the Davis Cup final. He also played on the 2008 team that fell in the final to a visiting Spanish squad that was playing without Rafael Nadal.

Hall of Famer Gabriela Sabatini, a del Potro fan, shared this image of Team Argentina.




Del Potro made a triumphant Wimbledon return last month. In his first appearance at The Championships in three years, the former Wimbledon semifinalist knocked off fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka before bowing to Lucas Pouille in the third round.

The 139th-ranked del Potro displayed his team spirit on the back of his shoes in preparation for Davis Cup.


 

Nos estamos preparando. #CopaDavis #Argentina. // Getting ready. #DavisCup 🇦🇷😀

A photo posted by Juan Martin del Potro (@delpotrojuan) on



Since returning to the Tour at Delray Beach in February, del Potro has posted a 13-8 record slowly trying to regain strength, flexibility and confidence in his surgically-repaired left wrist and adapt his two-handed backhand to his physical capabilities.

“I’m feeling good,” del Potro said during Wimbledon. “I’m getting better day by day and my tennis keeps improving every week. The wrist’s response is what I expect for this season. It’s nothing dangerous for my body now and I’m looking forward to the future. If I finish healthy this season then I will be competitive and dangerous for the next year for sure.”

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