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 have plagued him throughout his career, was a blow to all those who had never stopped dreaming that “The Tower de Tandil” was capable of undermining the dominance 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 suffering. The Argentine tennis player had announced that he would end his career in Rio de Janeiro, but the resounding defeat suffered by his compatriot Federico Delbonis in the first round of the local tournament in Buenos Aires pushed Del Potro not to participate in the Brazilian tournament .
In recent days, the former number three hasn’t ruled out a sudden Andy Murray-esque comeback, but for now that possibility remains highly unlikely. The Argentine tennis player recalled the golden days in an interview with Mariano Zabaleta on Star Plus Latin America, citing a curious anecdote about the 2009 Us Open final.
Juan Martin del Potro said that NBA legend LeBron James, at the end of the 2009 US Open final won by the Argentine against Roger Federer, asked him to take a photo 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, famous people, but suddenly the most important thing was me.
Tiafoe comments on Federer
Frances Tiafoe recently gave his two cents on the GOAT debate, saying that he personally considered Roger Federer to be the greatest player to have picked up a tennis racquet.
“It’s tough [to decide who the GOAT is], but I’m still going with Roger Federer,” Tiafoe said. “You can paint a whole picture with what he has — stupid good service, can play all the shots, makes the game look so easy and is a great ambassador for the sport.”
The American was equally impressed by Nadal’s feat, expressing incredulity at how the Spaniard went from almost quitting the sport to becoming the undisputed leader in the Slam race at the ripe old age of 35. “But then again, Rafael Nadal is crazy.
21 Grand Slams and to do what he did, 2 sets down and 3-2 0-40 in the third, we’re talking about three match points. He gets broken and it is over. He knew it and everybody knew it. To do it at the age of 35, the dude was talking about quitting tennis, bro,” Tiafoe said.
“Rafa’s [chances of becoming the undisputed GOAT] have a ticking time bomb, you could say that. But he just won the Australian Open.”