Del Potro to gatecrash party
London - Hobbling Juan Martin del Potro and Polish trailblazer Jerzy Janowicz hope to derail the Wimbledon title dreams of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the world's two best players, in Friday's semi-finals. Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, just about survived his quarter-final against David Ferrer when he strained his already heavily-bandaged left knee in a sickening Centre Court tumble. The giant Argentine now tackles world number one and Australian Open champion Djokovic.
Del Potro also won the pair's last meeting in March, on hard court in the Indian Wells semi-finals. But Djokovic, having escaped the shock exits suffered by the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at this year's Wimbledon, believes that he can still play better.
"It's the mindset I always try to have, because that's something that keeps me going every single day on the practice courts, day in, day out, trying to give my best and trying to always inspire myself to play better tennis," he said. The Serb, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, will be playing in his 13th successive Grand Slam semi-final, 10 behind the record held by Federer.
At Wimbledon this year, he is chasing a seventh major. Top seed Djokovic won't be lulled into a false sense of security by the injury-cursed Del Potro's latest problems.
The 24-year-old eighth seed is used to tackling physical problems. In 2010, he played just three tournaments and saw his ranking slip to 257 in the world after undergoing wrist surgery.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24