Del Potro looks for improvement


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:57

The 21-year-old can reflect on a year in which he has really come of age, beating Roger Federer to win the US Open in September and then reaching the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 on Sunday. A win would have taken him above Andy Murray into fourth in the rankings but he was beaten 6-3 6-4 by an inspired Nikolay Davydenko.

“I have to keep working,” said del Potro. “I have many things to improve – my serve, my forehand. My goal is to feel better with this part of my game so I can be in a better position. But I have very good players fighting with me, like Murray, (Novak) Djokovic, Federer, (Rafael) Nadal, so I know the way I need to work.”

Del Potro claimed a second high-profile win over Federer to reach the last four at the O2 before edging Robin Soderling in a high-quality semi-final.

And although he came up just short in the end, he still reflected on a successful end to the season as the bigger names fell by the wayside.

“If I’m in the final, I want to win,” he continued. “But here, all the players are very good. Maybe names like Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Murray, everybody thinks they will be in the final. But it didn’t happen. So I had a good tournament anyway.”


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