Juan Martin Del Potro is back, and it feels for real now. It’s easy to forget just how good the big man was.
To kick off his second tournament back, Delpo took on American Tim Smyczek and didn’t disappoint under the night time lights at Indian Wells. The most impressive thing to witness was of course his forehand. It remains one of the most bludgeoning, brutal shots we’ve ever seen and the signature walloping thump that erupts off the racquet remains in tact.
At his peak, Delpo was more than just a mindless basher – he was a shot maker. And he looks capable of making some significant shots off of that forehand wing. Several times he dug out low balls in the middle of the court and hit them inside out, spinning the ball to the opposite wide line to win a point or force his opponent wildly out of position. It’s a shot Del Potro has made his own over the years. It’s an incredibly difficult shot to pull off, but one he has always been able to rip thanks to his long reach down toward the court and his strength to put enough spin on the ball to keep it in.
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