This new September 23, Juan Martín Del Potro is turning 33 years old. Therefore, it is worth the review of the 10 great milestones in his career, despite the injuries that tried to slow him down.
1 – Insertion to professionalism
2005 was the year of the jump for the tandilense. He won the Montevideo Challenger and won three Futures to finish the season in 159th place in the ATP rankings with just 17 years.
2 – First ATP titles
The Tandilense had already more than fulfilled what his tennis promised from such a young age. But in 2008 there was a break. With Franco Davin as coach, he won his first four ATP titles consecutively: Stuttgart, Kitzbuhel, Los Angeles and Washington and with one particularity: the first two on brick dust and the other two on hard court.
In this way, he became the first player in history to win his first four titles in a row. That year he made the Top 10 for the first time and qualified for the end-of-year Masters in Shanghai.
3 – Semifinal Roland Garros 2009
At the highest level, he definitely moved at Roland Garros 2009. There he arrived as fifth seed and did not disappoint, falling just to second-seeded Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1. and 6-4 in a great game.
4 – 2009 US Open Champion
The great milestone in his career came the following year. At the US Open, he managed to win his first Grand Slam title (and for now the only one), with just 20 years. In the final, after more than four hours, it was an epic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-2 against Roger Federer, world number one and owner of Nueva York for five consecutive editions. That year, Delpo closed it with the runner-up in the ATP Finals.
5 – Bronze medal in London 2012
After overcoming injuries, in 2011 he returned with everything but in 2012 he achieved something shocking: an Olympic medal in London, on grass and among the best in the world: he fell to Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6 and 19-17 in the semifinals but the next day he stood out with a 7-5 and 6-4 against Novak Djokovic.
6 – 2013: last year with four titles
2013 was also a spectacular year. Titles in Rotterdam, Washington, Tokyo, Basel and grand finals: Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Shanghai (he had already been runner-up in Canada 2009). In addition, he was a semifinalist at Wimbledon. Thus ended the season as Top 5 in the world (as in 2009 and 2018).
7 – Silver medal in Rio de Janeiro 2016
Another great milestone occurred in Rio de Janeiro. At the Olympic Games, and against all odds, he debuted with a victory against Novak Djokovic, world number one, and then beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. He just fell in the definition against Andy Murray.
8 – 2016 Davis Cup Champion
That year was unforgettable. Because it went from less to more and because he closed it with the Davis Cup title, the first for Argentine tennis. In Glasgow he had been able to with Andy Murray and, already in Zagreb, he dressed as a hero to beat Ivo Karlovic on the first day and Marin Cilic on the day of the definition with a comeback: 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 and 6-4. Then, Federico Delbonis closed the series and buckled the title.
9 – 2018 Indian Wells Champion
2018 also had a unique milestone in his career. His Masters 1000 title. In Indian Wells, he met Roger Federer, world number one, defending champion and undefeated during the year (17-0 record) in the final. Even so, it was 6-4, 6-7 (8) and 7-6 (2) in the final.
10 – Final US Open 2018
In that 2018 he reached his second final in a Grand Slam tournament and again in the United States Open. There he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals by 7-6 (3), 6-2 and abandoned but in the final he could not defeat Serbian Novak Djokovic who won 6-3, 7-6 (4) and 6-3.