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Wimbledon | DelPo can down Rafa

Wimbledon | DelPo can down Rafa

JUAN Martin del Potro can end the dream of a repeat of the 2008 Rafa Nadal-Roger Federer final this year at Wimbledon.

That’s the view of Gilles Simon, who fell victim to fifth seed del Potro as the Argentine sealed a quarter-final showdown against two-time champion Nadal on Wednesday.

You feel it's obvious they (Nadal and Federer) are going to make it again. Trust me, it's not that easy on the court. You have a lot of good players left Gilles Simon

The unseeded Frenchman said: “Has he a chance against Rafa?  Yeah, he always has a chance. He already beat him. He was able to beat all the top guys. That’s why also many people like to watch him play, because you feel something can happen. He has a lot of strengths in his game.

“You feel it’s obvious they (Nadal and Federer) are going to make it again. Trust me, it’s not that easy on the court. You have a lot of good players left.”

Del Potro himself is in a quandary on how to beat the world No.1 who sealed his 11th French Open title recently.

How will you beat him?

He said:  “I don’t know. Is a tough question. I beat him couple of times few years ago, but never on grass. So will be a big challenge to me. We can talk about that after the match.”

And he admitted it will be an emotional occasion after appearing in his first last-eight match at Wimbledon before his long-term wrist problems.

Delpo, a semi-finalist in 2013, said: “Will it be emotional? Yes, yes, I’m dealing with all my emotions on court. I been through a lot of problems few years ago. But now I’m thinking about the future, about my present as well. I’m exciting to keep going. I like to keep surprising myself in every tournament.”

Nadal will certainly not be under-estimating a player who has returned to his best after years of wrist trouble.

But he dared to look forward and a possible match-up with Federer –  and hinted he would prefer the Swiss was not on the other side of the net.

The Spanish world No.1 said: “If he’s in the final, I am excited to play Roger. I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final. I am excited. It will be a good result for me. Facing Roger again will be something fantastic.

“If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. That’s the point. It’s about being smart, no? The overall goal is try to win the tournament. Depends against who you play you have less or more chances to win. That’s the thing. I can be here, I can’t come here and say, No, of course I want to play against the best players. I am not this kind of (person).”


About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.


  1. Agnes Spink

    Del Potro deserves to be in the final Good Luck. 🎾🎾

  2. Leontia Kerr

    Please win. Good luck today 🙏🏼🙏🏼


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