Do you remember right before Del Potro was injured in 2009...

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  1. Mike Sams

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    He had 5 consecutive wins against Fedal and then was gone from tennis for over a year?
    3 consecutive wins over Nadal and 2 consecutive wins over Federer.
     
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    Del GOATro
     
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  3. DeShaun

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    This is partly why when people say, "There's no way he could possibly go through first Murray, then, Novak, and finally Nadal...no-body has ever done THAT!!" I am inclined to fancy his chances today, because he was the first guy ever to go through both Nadal AND Federer back-to-back in a slam. I am not writing Del Potro off today, although Rafa does appear to be in excellent form.
     
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  4. Joseph L. Barrow

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    Now you don't get to count it that way; it was only four consecutive-- he lost to Federer at the French Open, then beat Nadal in Canada, Nadal and Federer at the US Open, and Federer at the year-end championships. Still a highly impressive streak nonetheless.
     
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  5. heninfan99

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    Yeah, I remember. He was and is playing so well. The tennis rumor was that he needed to rest his mind as much as his wrist.
    After his return he played an amazing Davis Cup match against Nadal Spain. Very little separates him from the top guys.
     
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  6. bullfan

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    I think he beat Djokovic yesterday because Djokovic is getting older.
     
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  7. Towser83

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    I think he means he had won the last 2 matches vs Federer and the last 3 vs Nadal.
     
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  8. Talker

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    That's right. He wasn't at his peak yet but still getting better.
     
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    Del Potro just needs the courts to get faster/more variety, he already has the mental strength of a champion but the courts just screw him over.

    Although he's doing a great job now of hitting through the slow court of Indian Wells I must say.
     
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  10. AREYOUOUTOFYOURVULCANMIND

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    He has won a Grand Slam. He is good. I think he can win more matches if he plays well.
     
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  11. clayman2000

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    The consistency isnt back yet, but we know he can go all the way.

    THe big difference between him and Berdych / Tsonga is that the latter two can get hot and beat one of the big 4 in a tourney, but never 2. Del Po on the other hand can
     
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    Actually, Berdych beat Federer and Djokovic in the 2010 Wimbledon before losing to Nadal in the finals. Very similar to what Delpo did at IW.

    Regardless, I think beating two (especially Nadal and Federer 2009) to win the second biggest slam of the year is a more impressive feat than beating three in a Masters 1000 would have been. Just my opinion.
     
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  13. Talker

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    DelPo still has two areas he needs.

    1). Not much he can do about this one it seems, he needs to get the proper treatment for his left wrist.
    Slicing the ball has been working but he needs to be able to use the two handed BH more.
    It's a strong shot when the wrist is not bothering him and he'll be able to put more pace on it.

    2). I've been complaining about this one for years, endurance.
    DelPo lost a final against Murray way back in 2009 in a masters, he just plain ran out of gas.
    He's had quite a few matches he just gets worn down
    It was not easy to play both Murray and Djokovic at IW, both those players will run you down.
    Then with Nadal, he can wear you down as well as anyone.
    DelPo needs to have enough left in the tank to go through these kind of tough matches.
    When playing Nadal DelPo didn't try to get to balls, he was worn out. This started in mid second set.

    One other point, DelPo get irritated at times over silly things, arguing how the chair should have told how far the ball was out is a worthless argument, he was bothered by this in the second set instead of concentrating on the game. He's done this before and only takes his focus off of the match.
    Concentrate on the match!

    In the match with Nadal DelPo was up a set and a break, starts complaining about the chair. Loses focus and then the endurance issue was there.
    With Nadal or any of those top players you can't let up.

    I hope he learned his lesson. :irritated to no end:
     
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  14. Mike Sams

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    Nadal/Del Potro in the semifinals would've been classic.
     
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  15. batz

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    Yep - I remember. He had a great run against Fedal. He was almost constantly defeated by Murrovic at the same time, but he had a great run versus Fedal.
     
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    Del Potro is 6' 6'' ( 1.98 m ) and 97 Kg (214 lb). You can never expect a guy this size to have Djokovic's, Federer's, Nadal's, Ferrer's or Murray's endurance.
     
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    He doesn't run around like those guys either.

    I've seen him get tired out in middle of tournaments, just no excuse for that.

    In the 2009 USO final he had very good endurance, he has to make a commitment in this area and doesn't have too far to go.

    If he doesn't work on this what will happen if he gets a couple 4/5 setters in a slam?

    He can get better with a good program, as anyone can.
     
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    He needs to work harder on his fitness, no doubt about it, he might be 6 6 but that doesn't mean he should be getting exhausted in three set matches.
     
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    He must not be able to see the ground from up there. I'm a big fan of the guy, but his line challenges are terrible.
     
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    Del potro needs fitness? what are you guys on? did you see him play the long matches against federer/djokovic etc last year? His problem is the wrist and it has always been. The doctor told him he is cured but he will have the pain anyway he is trying to adapt to that hence the slices. Kind of hard to play against top 10 players whitout all you weapons at 100%.
     
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    This. He played three 3 set matches in a row against Murray, Djokovic and Nadal in the hot sun. When he lost to Nadal in the end I did not get the feeling that Del Potro was that tired, Nadal was just the better player.

    Obviously he was fatigued, but not to the extent that it cost him the match, that's what I mean.
     
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    I think it was Agassi (thought it might have been McEnroe), who said that Fedal should praise themselves lucky in 2010, because of Delpo's injury.
    And Fed has said numerous times that he was expecting Delpo to make a run for the No. 1 in 2010. It really was a pity.
     
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