Del Potro may not play Roland Garros

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  1. Marius_Hancu

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    I think this is a temporary problem as it came on suddenly and hasn't been a problem before.
    I guess he'll get it checked out, hoping for the best here.
     
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    Obviously losing a whole season to an injury has been a wake-up call to his camp to err on the side of caution. Let the medicos figure it out and get 100% before returning. Hip flexor problems resolve themselves with rest and nominal rehab. I doubt he has a trauma-induced injury like Bo Jackson suffered, which could and would sideline even a young player permanently.
     
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    yes. hip injuries aren't always the same. If it's only a muscular problem or an inflamed ligament it won't be a big deal if he gets enough rest.

    but when the bones or cartilage is gone you are done.
     
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    Nadal must be breathing a huge sigh of relief. Another easy win now. ;) :D
     
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    Strange insight into the mind of Nadal.
     
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    I really don't get all this talk of del Potro supposedly being Nadal's Achilles heel. Is it just based on the 2009 US Open semi final, or what?
     
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    he's 3-5 to Nadal, not bad at all ...
     
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    Matches before the 3-0 run in 09 by Delpo he was not a mature player physically or mentally, this last win by Nadal is coming off of the big layoff from injury, and he probably not match tough by that point, or even now. He has the height and reach to negate Nadals forehand and is dangerous/consistent off both sides. Only real weakness is pronbably movement and thats not a big weakness, try to move him around and you risk setting him up for huge winners on the run.....
     
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    ugh I hope he gets well soon..it was nice to finally see another person in the mix...at this rate he just may never get back to the top.
     
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    Is this based on the Montreal and US Open matches from 2009, when Nadal was hardly in prime condition himself? Montreal was Nadal's comeback tournament after an injury layoff and the 2009 US Open was del Potro's best tournament ever.
     
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    Unfortunately,it looks like Delpo's career is always going to be hampered by injury.He's one of the unlucky ones.First wrist and now hip and he's still only 22!

    Frustrating for him and his fans because we know he's got the game to threaten everybody else out there.But will he ever be fit enough again to mount a sustained challenge like he did in 2009?
     
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    2009 Miami as well. Delpo has the type of game that causes Nadal trouble, particularly on HC. It remains to be seen if it could translate over to clay. I doubt it since Nadal's so great on clay, but it would have been a good match to see nonetheless.
     
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    Damnit Del Po stay healthy!
     
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    Del Potro hasn't done anything of serious note since 2009, or beaten a top player in a big event, yet somehow magically if he plays Rafa he's supposed to transform into this Rafa killer or something. Who DIDN'T beat Rafa in 09?
     
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    Roger Federer.
     
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  17. dominikk1985

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    federer did beat rafa on clay in 09.
     
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    Tennis is all about match-up's del po's game and size are a perfect formula to combat Nadal's style. Does it mean he'll win everytime? No. But the odds are much better when you have a two handed BH and the height to fight off those loopy FH's.
     
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    Maybe i should have put two more smileys to attract your attention! :)
     
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  20. NadalAgassi

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    Del Potro was still not the same player in early 2009 as he was beginning in the spring. Remember he lost to Federer 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 at the Australian Open. The question is if he will ever be the same player as spring-fall 2009 ever again. I doubt it given his health woes. He looks destined for a short unfulfilling career, but atleast he will always have a U.S Open title.
     
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    He is even better now, playing more aggressive with his forehand, now he really has the game to beat best while in 2009 it was only middle of court ballbashing most of times.
     
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  22. NadalAgassi

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    I see no indication of that yet. And even if you are right it wont matter if he cant stay healthy enough to keep playing without these breaks. It seems everytime he takes those breaks he takes a step back and has to build back up again.
     
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    He was finalist in WTF 2009...And why do you think he has not done much since then? i lol'd to you, thx. :lol:
     
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    It is in his best interest to skip everything until the US hard court season where he actually has the potential to rule. He will have a chance to be in full form by then and this is actually what I predicted last year.
     
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    I don't know why Nadal fans are so defensive about this. Del Potro's a tough matchup for Nadal, similar to Davydenko, Blake, Soderling, and to an extent Berdych. I don't agree w/ those that say he's a 'Nadal killer' and could beat Nadal on clay, but in form Delpo has shown he has what it takes to take down the best in the big events, including Nadal. He's shown flashes of that again this year, hopefully he can stay healthy and return to his proper place among the top 10 in the game.

    And you're wrong when you say he hasn't beaten a top player, he beat #5 Soderling in IW and Estoril this year.
     
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    This is sad and I hope not. del Potro is one of my favorites...
     
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  27. NadalAgassi

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    Agree with all those except Berdych. Berdych has been Nadal's royal whipping boy ever since 2007, despite that Berdych is in his prime and better than ever now.
     
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    I thought he had a long layoff which would have taken care of any lingering even potential injuries? And he hasnt played that much after the comeback.
     
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    Youzhny is another player who should be put in that group of players who used to trouble Nadal on hardcourts. The point is that del Potro has been elevated above guys like Youzhny, Berdych, Blake and Davydenko, into some sort of Nadal killer. It's odd.
     
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    He's tied w/ Ferrer and Almagro for most matches played this season. (33)
     
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    Del Potro has a slam; those guys don't.
     
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    It's not that simple though. Even Djokovic hasn't been as hyped up as such a big Nadal rival until about last month, and he's been a slam winner since the 2008 Australian Open.
     
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    I'm not sure what your definition of 'rival' is. Has Delpo been overhyped? To an extent yes, particularly when people say that he would destroy Nadal or take him out on clay.

    But he's proven to have the game to beat him on hard courts. So there is at least some substance to the hype, unlike guys like Gulbis who get hyped w/ little to no results to match said hype.

    And Delpo has managed to do what Djokovic never has, defeat Nadal at a slam.
     
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    It's only 1/3 of the season after the long break and I think hip injury is more of a long-term injury.
     
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    Nadal has played 35 matches this season, with a 31-4 win-loss record. Isn't that the most matches a player has played in so far in 2011?
     
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    I got my numbers from here, so they must have been before Madrid started.

    http://www.tennis.com/stats/index.aspx
     
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    I really hope he doesn't end up like Safin. He's so gangly I'm really not surprised he gets injured so much. Dude needs to do something about it! We can't lose him!
     
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    3 of Nadal's wins came in 2007 and one only recently at the start of Del Potro's comeback. Only in 2009 it's 3-1 for Del Potro.

    As for the main issue, I really dang hope it's not anything serious. A second career threatening injury would be fatal for Del Po.
     
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    I really doubt it which is really unfortunate, hes a great player but cant keep his body healthy
     
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    Yes but Nadal was tired/exhausted & they were playing on a court with high elevation.
     
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    Many people here seem to be very stupid. Del Potro started to play very well after the Aus open in 2009. Before that, he lost to Federer 6-3 6-0 6-0, and he didn't "believe" he could be a top player yet. All he had done was to beat Roddick once and maybe Ferrer. Then he started to play better and better. But, after winning the Us open, he injured his arm. He even reached the final of the Masters cup with his arm injured beating Nadal and Federer again. After that, you can't consider anything because he played injured. Then he lost 1 year recovering from injury. Then he came back some months ago, playing better and better but always going from less to more... now he is injured again.

    so, you can't judge him.. because you have not seen him playing at his real level since one and a half year.

    Lets wait and see.
     
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    I can;t imagine how upset and worried DelPotro must be about this latest injury especiially as his tennis was going so well.

    Hip injuries and tennis are not an uncommon thing for tennis players...Kuerten, Hewitt, Agassi, Woznialki, Clijsters, Hingis.....etc etc

    Correlation between this injury and an open stance forehand.
     
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    ATP Website Stats: More Matches than 8 of Top 10

    Entering Madrid Delpo had played 31 matches, trailing only Nadal and Almagro (33 each) and tied with Ferrer. His quote on the cause for withdrawal centered on clay-specific hip stress, this week being only the second event for him on the dirt. He has only withdrawn from Rome and hopes to play Nice before the FO. The long layoff has absolutely nothing to do with this injury. He hurt his hip in his 30th tour match, which was the third or fourth match on clay. Adjusting to clay can lead to this problem, so let's hope his optimistic plan to return within the month holds true. Sorry for typo in heading...meant to type 7 instead of 8 of top 10.
     
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    Poor Delpo, I hope he got healthy before RG
     
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    The diagnostic:
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    The 1.98-metre 22-year-old had tests in Buenos Aires on Saturday that showed an eight millimetre tear in a left hip muscle, his staff said in a statement.

    “We still don’t know how long it will take for Del Potro to return to the circuit but it is most probable that he won’t get to play the second Grand Slam of the season, Roland-Garros,” they said.

    Del Potro was quoted on the statement as saying: “I started rehabilitation today (Monday) and I will do all I can to play in Paris.

    “I want to take things calmly without hurrying my return to the circuit.”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news;_ylt=AkRgy.TiuDKyBhgHfz7uIb04v7YF?slug=reu-mendelpotro

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    At least it isn't a tendon or ligament.
     
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    Sucks for the big guy.

    Shows what the kind of IQ those **** eaters had when they accused him of faking it just to get out of an encounter with Nadal.
     
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  47. Lsmkenpo

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    A strained hip flexor nothing serious at all, if he doesn't play he is a wimp.
     
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    Ooof. Hope he gets well soon. Sucks to get injured so often just when his comeback was gaining steam. At least he'll prob be seeded for RG.
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^

    Not quite, just telling the truth, what it is is a muscle pull, reporting it like this is being over dramatic and the simpletons eat this up, as if his career is in jeopardy.

    If this is a player in a team sport they would simply say it like this , he has a pulled groin, samething without all the drama.
     
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