There is a paradoxical quality to Juan Martin del Potro. By temperament, he comes off as a gentle giant, a peaceful warrior who is extremely respected and well-liked by his peers and the public.
On the other hand, this kindly Argentine’s career has been marked by many an explosive moment. Eight years ago, he captured the 2009 US Open men’s singles title in a rather electric manner. In the semis, he beat Rafael Nadal by the staggering score of 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. In the finals, versus Roger Federer, del Potro got off to a slow start, but in the end, stormed his way through the fifth, 6-2.
Del Potro’s career has also been marked by other highly emotional moments, including a run to the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics and an amazing effort, also last year, to lead Argentina to its first-ever Davis Cup title.
But del Potro has also endured exquisite pain, suffering repeated injuries to both wrists that have kept him off the tour for lengthy periods.
He’s now 28 years old, no longer young but perhaps not yet old. As you can imagine, Mary Carillo relished the chance to dig in and learn more.
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