2012 London Olympics Profile: Juan Martin del Potro
In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we're profiling 20 of the top medal contenders.
Juan Martin del Potro has never contested a grass-court final and has yet to surpass the fourth round in five Wimbledon appearances, but if his creaky left knee is healthy, the man with the mammoth forehand can contend for Argentina’s first Olympic medal in men’s singles.
While del Potro concedes that grass is his most challenging surface, the best-of-three set Olympic format should make the 6’6” baseliner even more dangerous, as shorter matches maximize his explosiveness and minimize the beating on his big body.
Though he is just 4-9 against Top 10 opponents this season, with five of those losses coming to Roger Federer, del Potro is a threat to anyone at his best, as he showed winning the 2009 U.S. Open.
“I still prefer the hard court,” del Potro said. “I'm playing better day to day, training hard on grass court for the Olympics also.”
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