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Re: JUAN martin del potro champion US OPEN 2009
« Reply #120 on: September 18, 2009, 10:43:26 AM »
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Re: JUAN martin del potro champion US OPEN 2009
« Reply #121 on: September 18, 2009, 11:25:09 AM »
Where's the lock button?


Gio! Put these in the JMDP thread; the Fed pics in the Fed thread, etc..
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Re: JUAN martin del potro champion US OPEN 2009
« Reply #122 on: September 18, 2009, 02:40:20 PM »
Gio! Put these in the JMDP thread; the Fed pics in the Fed thread, etc..

Or the opposite: the Fed pics in the JMDP thread and vice versa...I'm sure Dallas would be pleased. :)

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Re: JUAN martin del potro champion US OPEN 2009
« Reply #123 on: September 18, 2009, 04:51:01 PM »
Gio! Put these in the JMDP thread; the Fed pics in the Fed thread, etc..

Or the opposite: the Fed pics in the JMDP thread and vice versa...I'm sure Dallas would be pleased. :)

Pam!!!  :rofl_2: :rofl_2:
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #124 on: September 20, 2009, 03:59:43 PM »
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KImiwNnsxkg[/youtube]

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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #125 on: September 21, 2009, 12:48:47 PM »

Best 'tweener ever.

Man, I have to agree with you on that one, TET. It was a net approach, tweener, and perfect lob at a crazy angle all at the same time.

I came across this quaint blog article on a fan meeting Del Pony at the U.S. Open early in the tournament, and felt the simplicity in the message actually is understated and says so much more. Del Pony's life will never be the same again. It will be interesting to see how he handles all the fame:

My Encounter with Del Potro
By Chase Bromley

August 12th, 2009 was a bright, sunny Wednesday morning in Montreal. Because I worked at the Rogers Cup, I had access to the grounds and had specially requested Wednesday off so I would be able to go see all the players' practices. It was really a rich draw with the most talented ten competing all the way through the day.

At eleven that day, a friend and I headed over to Court 4 where the world's No.1, Roger Federer, was due to get there at within a half hour. Already jam packed with roughly several hundred people, there was hardly any room to move.

As the time neared, the court was packed with people who eagerly waited to get a glimpse of the best to ever play the game. With the sun scorching at 35 levels celsius, we watched him loosen up and we saw him hitting balls. To be frank, it was fairly ordinary and was supposed to last two hours.

So, gradually, we squeeze outside the crowd and find an open space. I glance up at Court 4 on the other side to see a tall, lanky competitor clad in a pink Nike T-shirt and white shorts pounding some balls. I try to look closer and in fact realized it was Juan Martin Del Potro.

As he came to the exit gate, there had been 6 people waiting for him to have his signature and he did sign. As he wrote on my picture and went on to my pal, I said "I wish you good luck in your match later."

He turned around and had a large grin on his face and said "Thank you so much for your support." He seemed to be very pleased with what I had told him.

As he won yesterday, the irony of this scenario just entered my mind. The fact that basically not a soul was there to watch him and Federer had a ton of people. Every now and then, it is easier to be left alone than to be relentlessly followed.

Del Potro played a tremendous match this week and is completely worthy of his championship. Let's go!
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #126 on: September 21, 2009, 01:18:32 PM »
For those of us that want to relive that special moment when Del Pony halted the 5 year reign of Mr. Automatic; here is the final rally and victory celebration from the 2009 US Open Final:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq78H-n1rc0&feature=related[/youtube]

Congratulations and
 :thank-you:  Del Pony!!!! It's always a pleasure to see dreams come true for a gifted young talent.
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #127 on: September 22, 2009, 03:41:45 AM »
Juan Martin Del Potro and Caroline Wozniacki are dating. Each other.

Just so you know ::))).

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« Reply #128 on: September 22, 2009, 05:45:25 AM »
Juan Martin Del Potro and Caroline Wozniacki are dating. Each other.

Just so you know ::))).
That's nice.  They both seem like good kids. :)
(I love how you worded that first line! :rofl_2:)
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #129 on: September 22, 2009, 05:49:50 PM »
Juan Martin Del Potro and Caroline Wozniacki are dating. Each other.

Just so you know ::))).

That would be very cool! I heard that as a "rumour" and I hope it is true. I've heard numerous sources saying his girlfriend is model Yanina Screpante. Is that just gossip to your knowledge?

Wasn't Wozniacki the one who was asked on court if she had a boyfriend and if she would now find it easy to find one getting to the USO finals? We're they fishing for her to say Del Pony was her boyfriend in retrospect?

Anyway, I can imagine with the name "Belgian Miss" you must be overjoyed by Kim Clijsters win at the U.S. Open and Justine's announcement today that she will be returning to the game. Congratulations (if that is relevant)! Also, Wozniacki is from Denmark, not so far away, so are you a fan of hers as well. She is extremely pretty!
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #130 on: September 24, 2009, 02:23:29 AM »

It would be good for the sport if Del Pony wins. Fed has had his fill of glory. It would be so great to see someone else prove themselves and it would result in more compelling matches in the future. I'm praying he keeps up his present form. Do any Federer fans get tired of him winning everything and secretly hope that he loses a few just so the sport is more interesting? If it wasn't for Rafa Nadal the past few years, I probably wouldn't even care about watching tennis...

A belated response but as some film mogul is reported to have said: "In two words - NO!"  :)>>>>

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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #131 on: September 24, 2009, 09:25:19 AM »

It would be good for the sport if Del Pony wins. Fed has had his fill of glory. It would be so great to see someone else prove themselves and it would result in more compelling matches in the future. I'm praying he keeps up his present form. Do any Federer fans get tired of him winning everything and secretly hope that he loses a few just so the sport is more interesting? If it wasn't for Rafa Nadal the past few years, I probably wouldn't even care about watching tennis...

A belated response but as some film mogul is reported to have said: "In two words - NO!"  :)>>>>

Okie doke.  :ZZZZZ)
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Appreciation Thread
« Reply #132 on: October 05, 2009, 05:09:05 PM »
It has been a long time, but Del Pony is in action on Tuesday in China (which may mean tonight around Midnight) against Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA). This is his first tournament since the U.S. Open. With Andy Murray and Roger Federer withdrawing, this looks like an excellent opportunity for Del Pony to continue his march up the rankings. A few stellar articles have come out recently looking at the future for the 2009 U.S. Open Champion:

Del Potro tops the bill at ATP Japan Open



(AFP) – 1 day ago

TOKYO — Fresh from his breakthrough victory at the US Open last month, Juan Martin del Potro tops the bill in a depleted field at the Japan Open tennis tournament which gets underway on Monday.

The 21-year-old Argentine, ranked fifth in the world, came to Tokyo last year as a hot favourite, but finished runner-up with a injury problem in the final seeing him lose to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

This year, he returns as a Grand Slam champion after shocking world number one Roger Federer in five sets at Flushing Meadow last month.

To the disappointment of fans, Federer withdrew from this week's 1.2 million dollar tournament citing back and knee problems.

"I am disappointed that I have to withdraw. I decided to take the difficult decision to withdraw, so that I can give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year," said Federer.

Also out is Japanese teenage sensation Kei Nishikori due to a right elbow injury and Britain's Andy Murray with a wrist injury.

Top seed del Potro will take on a qualifier in the first round and then play the winner of the Leonardo Mayer-Jurgen Melzer clash.

Del Potro has been drawn in the same half of the field as defending champion Berdych, seeded five, the 2003 Japan champion Rainer Schuettler of Germany, and third seed Gilles Simon of France.

The 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France leads the bottom half of the draw as the second seed and will play Mischa Zverev of Germany in the first round.

Tsonga's main rivals include Gael Monfils of France, seeded fourth, the Beijing Olympic doubles gold medallist Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, seventh seed, and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

Richard Gasquet of France, the runner-up here two years ago, will have a chance to play Tsonga in the second round if he can beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany in his opener.

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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #133 on: October 05, 2009, 05:14:57 PM »
Following on that mostly fact based article, I found this interesting article in the Bleacher Report on Del Pony's game, giving a little more insight into his success:

Del Potro's Doomsday
by MrDarkslider  MrDarksliderContributor

Contributor Written on October 04, 2009  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for ATP Tour)
Will Del Potro Overshadow the Tour?


Tennis, like most sports, is a continually evolving game. Wilander ruined serve and volley with his consistency and mental brilliance.  The power of Lendl and Sampras took it from there. Hewitt's neutralizing counterpunching grabbed the reigns after that. Then came Roger, the all around expert. It took a special breed of super strong, super fast competitors a la Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray to steal some of the limelight. But even they are having trouble wrangling the crown from the almighty Federer. Perhaps their evolution isn't quite drastic enough.

Enter Juan Martin Del Potro.

At a towering 6'6", he is the tallest man to ever win a grand slam. That is saying a lot considering his style of play. Think tall champions of the past. Goran had arguably the best serve in the game of tennis. Unfortunately his inability to support that weapon with anything else kept him from winning more than a single major. Safin was the closest thing we had to the next step. Fortunately for today's champions, Marat's mental instability has extinguished the bright flame of potential he once had.  Del Potro could easily outshine them both.

Juan Martin is rare breed that combines agility, consistency, and tactics with his extreme size and power. In my eyes, his greatest strength is hitting giant winners from further back more consistently than anyone else so far. It allows him to go from defense (which he is surprisingly skilled at) to offense on a whim without even changing court positioning. He's having his cake and eating it too. While this is a huge asset, he's shown its not what he relies on all of the time. Against Rafael Nadal in the semis of the US Open, Del Potro stood firm on the baseline and took Nadal's high bouncing-spin on the rise like it was nothing. That takes serious timing. And oh yeah - he can crack his serve over 140mph. Something tells me he will improve this number as well. We may soon see the first man in history to hit over 160mph.

If Juan Martin Del Potro continues to improve he could very well put an end to the Roger-Rafa battle for number one by simply stepping over both of them like a bouncer breaking up a bar fight. 
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #134 on: October 05, 2009, 05:31:32 PM »
Finally, I've started to become a big fan of Tennis blogger who writes for Tennis Brain, self-described as "Match Reports and Analytical Tennis Articles". This article by Krystle Lee, was written a few weeks ago, but it is the best article I've read on the reasons behind and the implications of Del Pony's emergence. The site can be found at:

http://www.tennis-brain.com/#

There is also an fantastic article written a few days ago on the schedule defeating the purpose of the tour. I'll post it in our thread on that topic later today.

Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open men's champion


It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Grand Slam champion, not since Novak Djokovic captured the Australian Open title in 2008. You’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive performance than the one that Juan Martin Del Potro displayed today against Roger Federer, in what was the Argentine’s first Grand Slam final.

I have already made reference to it numerous times before, the rapid pace with which Del Potro seems to be improving, yet he still seems to find a way to amaze me just when I thought I had already handed out enough compliments his way as of late.

It was a high quality match, full of drama and unpredictability, and it was a welcome change to see a new Grand Slam champion at the end. Now that Federer has already broken all sorts of records, I think it’s a positive sign for men’s tennis to have this additional competitiveness near the top, especially if it means we’re going to get matches of this quality to look forward to in the future.

In regards to Del Potro’s performance in the final, he was impressive on so many levels, that it warrants a list of exactly why this was the case.

Del Potro played the best match of his life in the biggest match of his career, his first Grand Slam final against Roger Federer, recently been acknowledged as the Greatest of all Time and winner of the last couple of Grand Slams. He hadn’t won a single match against Federer in the past, though I think Del Potro took a lot of confidence from their previous meeting in Roland Garros.
It wasn’t like Del Potro came out firing on all cylinders and played lights out tennis to start with. In fact, he was made to look clumsy to start with, having to stretch his long limbs all over the court rarely getting a shot in his comfort zone. But the biggest problem seemed to me, that Federer didn’t even let Del Potro get into a rhythm, the opportunity to raise his level of play. He was thoroughly outplayed, and it could have been easy to think that he simply wasn’t in the same league as Federer, at least not at this point of his career.

In his post-match interview after his semi-final win, Del Potro promised the crowd that he would fight for every point, and he delivered on this promise in a way that no one could have imagined or expected. Del Potro wasn’t deterred by the fact that he was comfortably outplayed. All he needed was a slight drop in level from Federer, and once they were back on serve, it turned into a completely different ball game. Del Potro was now feeling loose and confident and had turned the match on its head, not only on the scoreboard but he had somehow changed the match to be played in his favour, exchanging the type of rallies that he likes.

Even when Del Potro started to pick up his play initially, it wasn’t like he suddenly found the range on his shots. In fact, his play was on and off, brilliant shots combined with errors as you would expect with a game as aggressive as that. But it was like he was somehow able to not associate himself with whether a shot landed in the court or not, focused on each individual shot only, trying to play the best he could. Then the more he got into this frame of mind of hitting big shots, the more consistency he developed and confidence in himself of being able to back it up.

This ability of Del Potro’s to find a way to elevate his game when he needs it is currently what puts him in front of Andy Murray, the ability to sense when he needs to take it up a notch, that his current game isn’t good enough, and more importantly, he has the execution to back it up.

Del Potro didn’t have much of a say early in the match, but he slowly started making himself known as a threat, both through his energy, on-court presence and the way he stepped up the pace on his groundstrokes. Del Potro is normally selective about which shots he decides to unload on because he doesn’t really need to red line his game, but when he removed that margin of error, the end result was quite devastating, especially his forehand which caught fire from the fourth set onwards.
Serving to stay in the third set of the match, Del Potro served two consecutive double faults to lose the set. He vented his frustration at the changeover, and buried in his head in the towel, a look of extreme disappointment heading into the fourth set, but he didn't forget how he played himself into this position and continued in the same vein going after his shots.

He came across a couple of stumbling blocks, and his level did dip inevitably having to save break points in his opening two service games, but whenever he needed it he came up with his best shots. It seems like there is no limit to Del Potro’s mental stability, no occasion that is too great to shake his extraordinary self-confidence.

Then his game picked up midway from the fourth set, and that’s when he started to stamp his authority on the match, looking like the noticeably better player. He wasn’t as secure on his service games as he usually is, and he lost his serve once here, and once in the previous set as well, but he was able to let it go and continue to chase after the next game. Usually big servers hate it when they lose their service games, but it didn’t bother Del Potro, and he’s willing to accept a few errors here and there knowing that he’s playing the right way.
Del Potro’s return of serve which started to land the sweet spot more and more as the match went on, able to knock it back quick and fast with devastating pace right back at Federer’s feet.
Federer started to look more rattled as the match went on, trying to rush Del Potro before Del Potro could rush him, but Federer’s backhand got him into trouble with that blocked, short backswing not really doing much in terms of being able to reflect the pace coming off Del Potro’s racquet. In my mind, Del Potro’s game forced Federer into error, and into helplessness. It's pretty hard trying to execute any kind of game plan when you're up against someone hitting as hard as that.

Does Del Potro have any sense of fear whatsoever? It seemed like regardless of the situation, whether it was recovering from disappointment, fighting to maintain a lead, saving break points, or whether he was close to victory, he maintained the same kind of racquet head speed and continued to hit almost with reckless abandon. It’s incredibly difficult to maintain the same quality of play playing that aggressively, where any drop in racquet head speed will pretty much result in an error.

As impressive as Del Potro was mentally, he played with the mindset of an underdog, of someone that had nothing to lose. Djokovic and Murray to some extent have shown that it is incredibly difficult to keep up that kind of attitude and confidence. How will Del Potro change mentally when he’s expected to make the back end of tournaments, and more of the mainstream press have started to focus their attention on him?
How determined is Del Potro that the first thing that he mentions on his victory speech after playing the match of his life is that he still has a long way to improve before he can catch up to Federer career-wise? I know it was intended to be a compliment to Federer's achievements, but it also spoke volumes about Del Potro's intentions on trying to maximise his game and that he's not yet satisfied with where he currently is.

 
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #135 on: October 06, 2009, 11:50:42 AM »
Juan Martin Del Potro and Caroline Wozniacki are dating. Each other.

Just so you know ::))).

Well done, JMDP. That chick is hot...

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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #136 on: October 06, 2009, 12:40:27 PM »
Juan Martin Del Potro and Caroline Wozniacki are dating. Each other.

Just so you know ::))).

Well done, JMDP. That chick is hot...

I don't think it is true or they are trying to hide it. Recent interview with Delpo:

Q. Today is the singles day in China. I want to know if you are still fit for this festival, because it is said that you were dating with Caroline Wozniacki. Is that true?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I wish (laughter). I'm single, too.

If you do a search just on "Del Potro girlfriend", a ton of links come showing his girlfriend as model Yanina Screpante. But there are no photos of them together, so that doesn't ring very true. I looked at some reputable sources on whether he has one, and they reiterate that he does not currently have a steady girlfriend just as he states.
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #137 on: February 11, 2010, 03:28:22 PM »
Dang, no love for Juan?

Looks like count drakula here.  :death:


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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #138 on: February 11, 2010, 06:36:16 PM »
Juan Martin is winning Roland Garros this year, book it. He almost took Roger out last year, this year he completes the task.

EDIT: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/8511886.stm
'Del Potro out for up to eight weeks with wrist injury'

Maybe not.  :(
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Re: The Juan Martín del Potro Bandwagon
« Reply #139 on: February 11, 2010, 08:13:43 PM »
Juan Martin is winning Roland Garros this year, book it. He almost took Roger out last year, this year he completes the task.

EDIT: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/8511886.stm
'Del Potro out for up to eight weeks with wrist injury'

Maybe not.  :(


We'll see how he does, he can work on other things such as footwork, endurance  etc.

It may help him improve on things he wouldn't ordinarily work on a great deal and so in the long run may be an advantage.