Breathe in, breathe out. Not going to get too excited. This is Delpo’s first slam win in a year. Breathing.
BUT FER SRS? STRAIGHT SETS?
I’m ok, promise.
It wasn’t a dominant performance against Dudi. Hell, it probably shouldn’t have been a straight sets win. But if I were to use totally arbitrary numbers, I would say that Elf’s ball striking is around 90% there (100% in terms of cracking forehands) and mentally about 50%. There were some strange, strange shot selections and he clearly wasn’t comfortable opening up and going down the line when the opportunity presented itself (though most of the time when he did, it worked well).
That being said, he hit some delicious shots off both wings from outside the doubles alley in typical Delpo style, was ripping forehands, hitting some fantastic serves are really going for some shots. It’s tough to ask for much more.
He was equally awesome in his presser.
Q. How good does it feel to be back in a Grand Slam arena after so much frustration for you?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Well, I feel good. Is nice for me be here with these players, this tournament, and of course playing a Grand Slam.
Today I play good tennis again. But I’m really enjoying this week. I met with all the players, especially the top 10 players. They support me when I was very bad. So now I face to face with them and I say thank you.
Top 10 players sent him supportive messages while he was down in the dumps about being out? I love you tennis.
Q. You talked about the support of the fellow top 10 players. How did they support you? Did they call you or send messages?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Everything. They call me and they send an emails, everything. It’s important. They have all his schedule very close, very completed. Sometimes if you got his callings, is good because they are thinking about you and about yourself. So I just want to say thank you to all of them. For me it’s good playing against them again.
Next up? Baggy. Yikes.