Is Del Potro a dark horse at the AO?

edmondsm

Legend
We've seen it before. Players come back from long layoffs rejuvenated and hungry. Once upon a time he was a world-beater, especially on hardcourts. Do you think he'll make a run?
 

Carsomyr

Legend
Delpo would do well to avoid a seeded player in the third round and, if he experiences a windfall, maybe get to the quarters. Beyond that, no, I think his chances are south of slim.
 
G

Golden

Guest
I don't think so. He's typically always done horrible in Australia, compared to other events. He's only made the quarters twice, compared to semis at all other majors, and in 2013, arguably his best year since 2009, he only made the 3rd round. I can see him maybe being a dangerous floater in the first round, but nothing more.
 

Noelan

Legend
We've seen it before. Players come back from long layoffs rejuvenated and hungry. Once upon a time he was a world-beater, especially on hardcourts. Do you think he'll make a run?
Run to R3, yes.AO wasn't his forte even before injury, and he had a real one:cry:
 

JonC

Banned
I don't know but I'll be rooting for him; gotta love a guy who doesn't hit the Rick Macci ATP Forehand.
 

edmondsm

Legend
I don't know why I have a feeling he'll make a deep run. There are certainly a lot of reasons to think he won't. We just always seem to have a breakout performance at the AO, and why not him I feel like.
 

AngieB

Banned
Juan's return will be rocky to begin as once again makes a comeback. Twice given the nature of his injury is tough to say the least. I will him well, but not hopeful of his initial chances.

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AngieB​
 
We've seen it before. Players come back from long layoffs rejuvenated and hungry. Once upon a time he was a world-beater, especially on hardcourts. Do you think he'll make a run?
Heck, we're not even sure if he is actually healthy enough to return. WE'll wait and see, no ?
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
This "dark horse prediction" business is mostly rubbish anyway.

Who predicted Delpo in USO 2009?
Who predicted Wawrinka in AO 2014?
Who predicted Cilic in USO 2014?

The correct answer is nobody.

There is someone on the internet (another site) who says they predicted Marion Bartoli would win Wimbledon 2013 without it being complete luck (they stated factors that they thought meant she would win).

They're lying. Nobody could have predicted that without it being absolute sheer luck, and even then they probably never backed her beforehand anyway and are just lying.

This is all just crystal ball work.
Even backing Djokovic for AO 2014 would probably be unwise (even though I've already done it).
You just don't know.

There are people on the internet backing Santiago Giraldo to win AO 2014.
Fools.

The only time you should bet is on individual matches.
 

jhhachamp

Hall of Fame
This "dark horse prediction" business is mostly rubbish anyway.

Who predicted Delpo in USO 2009?
Who predicted Wawrinka in AO 2014?
Who predicted Cilic in USO 2014?

The correct answer is nobody.
I don't think many predicted Wawrinka or Cilic to win majors this year, but I think Del Potro came into the 2009 US Open as a popular dark horse pick after a very impressive US Open series. I am sure that some people predicted him to win before that tournament. It was not nearly as surprising as Wawrinka or Cilic this year.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
That 2009 USO final is still fresh in your memory isn't it cc0? :twisted:
Nah. Del Potro seems like a nice guy but many people seem to overrate him even after he has basically done nothing since that 2009 slam win. He has never even won a Masters 1000 event. I am not sure what some people are thinking. Delusion runs deep in every fan base I suppose. :confused:
 

DerekNoleFam1

Hall of Fame
He only made the 2nd Round at his last 2 Slams, 2014 AO and 2013 USO, so nothing to suggest he is going to improve on that in a hurry.
Like most tennis fans, I like the guy and it is good to have him back, but he will not be a force in January 2015 to even get into the 2nd week of the AO.
 

-snake-

Hall of Fame
He only made the 2nd Round at his last 2 Slams, 2014 AO and 2013 USO, so nothing to suggest he is going to improve on that in a hurry.
Like most tennis fans, I like the guy and it is good to have him back, but he will not be a force in January 2015 to even get into the 2nd week of the AO.
He was playing with one wrist in those tournies :neutral:
 
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West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Nah. Del Potro seems like a nice guy but many people seem to overrate him even after he has basically done nothing since that 2009 slam win. He has never even won a Masters 1000 event. I am not sure what some people are thinking. Delusion runs deep in every fan base I suppose. :confused:
Or just wishful thinking. He's a nice guy - people want to see him do well.

But 'horse for courses' - and between the courts and the heat, ain't happening.

And as a few others have said, let's see if he can (hopefully) stay healthy. I hope he manages his schedule and practices smarter - just get this feeling, like a lot of bigger athletes, not all his body parts scaled properly.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
It took Delpo a year to get even close to his previous level the last time he was injured. Is he even committed to play the AO?
 

Russeljones

G.O.A.T.
We've seen it before. Players come back from long layoffs rejuvenated and hungry. Once upon a time he was a world-beater, especially on hardcourts. Do you think he'll make a run?
Who have you seen? Please don't say Nadal. Sabbaticals don't count. Look at Murray, Hewitt, Haas, etc. That's what a tough injury and surgeries do to a player.
 
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