Juan Martin del Potro plans to take a break after the Miami Open

by: Matt Cronin | March 24, 2018

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Juan Martin del Potro's top priority is staying healthy for the entirety of the season. (AP)

Juan Martin del Potro, who is coming off his first Masters title at Indian Wells, is currently playing Miami but says he is getting tired and plans to take a break before entering his next tournament.

The Argentine, who beat Robin Haase in three sets in his opening round at Miami, also won Acapulco before taking the title at Indian Wells, defeating Roger Federer in the final. He has not dropped a match since Delray Beach.

“I came here to play another tournament. It will be my fourth tournament in a row,” del Potro said. “I’m tired. And mentally and physically it's not easy to deal with all of these emotions, no. But then I will have a break, I will see what tournament we play on clay, because my body feels that surface, and I want to stay healthy during the whole season. That's my biggest goal.”

Match point from Del Potro's win over Haase: 

The 29-year-old is now ranked No. 6, and could reach the Top 5 or higher in Miami. In January, 2010, he reached the Top 4 before undergoing four surgeries on his right and left wrists. 

He says that now, he just wants to play and to have a great time.

“I always say the ranking number doesn't change or doesn't mean too much to me. I was No. 1000 few years ago, and now I'm No. 6,” Del Potro said. “I have good chances to keep growing up, but I'm not thinking about that. I'm enjoying to play tennis again. I like to play tennis in front of all my fans here in Miami and not think this too much.”

Having won his opener, he’ll play Kei Nishikori in the third round.


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