The announcement of Juan Martín Del Potro a few weeks ago, where he had decided to stop playing tennis due to those physical problems that plagued him throughout his career, was a blow for all those who had never stopped dreaming that “The Tower of Tandil” was capable of undermining the domination of Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the absolute dominators of the last twenty years of this sport.
It was too much pain, too much effort for Delpo to continue on the courts, almost in pain. The Argentinian tennis player had announced that he would end his career in Rio de Janeiro, but the crushing defeat suffered by his compatriot Federico Delbonis in the first round of the local tournament in Buenos Aires led Del Potro not to participate in the Brazilian tournament.
In recent days, the former number three hasn’t ruled out a sudden Andy Murray-style return, but for now that possibility remains highly unlikely. The Argentinian tennis player recalled the good old days in an interview with Mariano Zabaleta on Star Plus Latin America, citing a curious anecdote from the 2009 US Open final.
Juan Martin del Potro said NBA legend LeBron James, after the Argentine won the 2009 US Open final against Roger Federer, asked him to take a picture together. “After the tournament ceremony and dinner, I remember Justin Timberlake calling me and inviting me to a private party.
All of Hollywood was there: singers, actors, celebrities, but suddenly the most important thing was me.
Tiafoe comments on Federer
Frances Tiafoe recently gave her take on the GOAT debate, saying that he personally considers Roger Federer to be the greatest player to ever buy a tennis racquet.
“It’s hard [to decide who the GOAT is]but I always go with Roger Federer,” Tiafoe said. “You can paint a full picture with what he’s got – silly good serve, can play every shot, makes the game so easy and is a great ambassador for the sport.”
The American was also impressed with Nadal’s achievement, expressing his disbelief at how the Spaniard went from almost quitting the sport to becoming the undisputed leader of the Slam race at the ripe old age of 35. . “But again, Rafael Nadal is crazy.
21 Grand Slam tournaments and to do what he did, 2 sets knocked down and 3-2 0-40 in the third, we are talking about three match points. It’s broken and it’s over. He knew it and everyone knew it. To do it at the age of 35, the dude was talking about quitting tennis, bro,” Tiafoe said.
“It’s Rafa [chances of becoming the undisputed GOAT] having a ticking time bomb, you could say that. But he just won the Australian Open.”