Coming into Rome it had been a season of set backs for Del Potro following his early end to last season. Appearance in Rome was not before a brief spell at Delray Beach and a week before Rome in Madrid but despite the fact he hasn’t won more than two tour level matches this year in a row his level of play in Rome got us very excited.
Del Potro can play himself into matches and there were times during the year when I’d expect he ‘could’ have turned up to places and played but decided against it and only he knows his body.
Before his exceptional performance despite losing against Djokovic in that thriller that went on past midnight in Rome he did see off the in-form Ruud and David Goffin.
The Argentine quickly made his way to Paris where he has been training on the new courts at Roland Garros and also a bit of running…
Del Potro’s level in Rome was exciting to see and surprising. He has given everyone something to think about going into the second major of the year. The way he went toe to toe with Djokovic in what was a battle of endurance was admirable.
There is a difference between best of three and five but he has added his new to a conversation. Do I think he will or has a chance of winning in Paris? No but he has it in him right now to cause a big upset on the clay.
It is exciting to see him at this level and the way he stayed with it was quite something baring in mind he hasn’t built any momentum up all season and goes a couple of moments away from knocking out Novak and having a Masters semi-final on clay to play for.
Watch out Paris…