'I am not scared of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic' – Juan Martin del Potro on injury return


Del Potro is set to kick-off his grass campaign this afternoon when he faces Denis Shapovalov at Queen’s.

The Argentine has only recently recovered from a long-term knee injury but when in-form he has one of the most dangerous forehands on the ATP tour.

He showed his quality when he won the 2009 US Open.

And he wants to add more Grand Slam titles to his name – starting with the Wimbledon trophy this summer.

“I am not scared of the big four,” Del Potro told Tennis 365.

“I know how good they are and I know if 100 per cent I can beat them.

“I have beaten them all in the past. I was close to beating Novak in Rome – I had two match points.

“I know the tennis will be even when I am best – but not at moment because I am coming back from injury, but I love to play against them.

“It is a special opportunity and opponent – and that’s what I want to remember after retiring.”

Following a nightmare injury, the Argentine is no longer focussing on his world ranking.

“It is not easy, but it is part of our job,” he added.

“Sometimes you feel well and you don’t win. Sometimes you have pain and you win.

“I had bad luck last year when I broke my patella in Shanghai. I was world No 3 and I was playing for big things at the end of the year.

“Now I am trying to come back and enjoy tennis again.

“The ranking doesn’t matter anymore for me.

“I just want to be healthy again because when I am 100 per cent I know how dangerous my game is for the other guys.”


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