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March 16, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
It is no small task to steal the thunder from the current comeback kid of tennis, Rafael Nadal. But that's exactly what a 6-foot-6 rocket launcher from Argentina did Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Argentina has had a great week. A new pope and now this. Juan Martin del Potro won one of those matches that goes beyond compelling to spellbinding. When he beat Novak Djokovic in the late afternoon men's semifinal, he did so in one of those tennis faceoffs that becomes edge-of-your-seat on every point.
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July 3, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, Britain -- Top-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to his 13th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal and maintained his perfect record of not losing a set at this year's Wimbledon tournament, when he powered his way past No. 7-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3, on Wednesday on Court 1. He will next face No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who needed medical attention for a knee injury before facing No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain on Center Court but still prevailed, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
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October 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Juan Martin del Potro served notice on Saturday that he's a force again in men's tennis by upsetting No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters. Del Potro, who has climbed back to No. 5 in the world after a debilitating wrist injury cost him most of 2010 on the tour, will play second-ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals. Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semifinal. The last time Del Potro defeated Nadal was in the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, which happens to be the only Grand Slam singles title of the Argentine's career.
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August 3, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
LONDON -- In a tennis match that lasted about as long as the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics, the irrepressible Roger Federer of Switzerland made his way into the match for the gold medal that he so desperately covets. Federer overcame a magnificent effort by Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro by being just a tab more magnificent. The final score was 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17. It was the longest three-set men's singles match in the modern era, beating the 4 hours and 3 minutes that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battled in a semifinals match in Madrid in 2009.
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August 3, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LONDON -- Just when you think Roger Federer has climbed his last peak in tennis, he clips on the crampons and heads for the top of Everest. Friday, in the men's Olympic tennis semifinals, the air got pretty thin where the world's No. 1 player went. He reached yet another pinnacle of drama and success. After 4 hours and 26 minutes of superb serving and shot-making, a record for a three-set match in men's singles in the modern era, Federer had outlasted Argentina's  Juan Martin del Potro.
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March 12, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Welcome back to the BNP Paribas Open, Ivan Ljubicic, site of your most impressive title in tennis, the 2010 men's singles of this prestigious ATP World Tour event. Now, meet your first opponent, Juan Martin Del Potro, once No. 4 in the world and the champion over Roger Federer, no less, of the 2009 U.S. Open. Oh yes, he is only nine years younger, three inches taller and hits his forehand like Albert Pujols hits home runs. Oh, sorry about that 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 whipping at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
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September 15, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Roger Federer was a twitchy, unsettled mess, channeling his inner Serena Williams by angrily lecturing the chair umpire. And this was after he had won the third set. The crackling forehands of his 20-year-old opponent, Juan Martin del Potro, bothered him. Del Potro's sneaking glances toward his coach before he'd ask for a call to be challenged bothered him. The swirling winds, the blowing trash, the noisy crowd, these were moments of imperfection unappreciated...
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September 11, 2009 | Diane Pucin
For one set Thursday, Marin Cilic frolicked on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. He hit crazy, curving backhands and had sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro muttering under his breath. But there was a second set. It was then that Del Potro found his game on a gloomy afternoon where the wind played tricks with the ball. Del Potro did too, moving Cilic from side to side. By the end, Cilic was left slapping aimless volleys into the net and making useless challenges to balls well wide.
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September 6, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — There was a game that lasted nearly 17 minutes and a moment when Juan Martin del Potro stopped playing to gently place a ground-bound moth on his tennis racket and sweetly send it out of danger. When Del Potro's massive forehand would hit the surface, it could have smashed much larger living beings. What it couldn't do was slow down Novak Djokovic. Djokovic, the defending U.S. Open champion and the tournament's second-seeded player, beat Del Potro, the 2009 champion, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
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July 24, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Juan Martin del Potro embraces the idea that soon he may be considered a tennis equal of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He won't say it yet because Andy Murray is ranked fourth and spoken of as part of tennis' "Big Four," but the 22-year-old Del Potro already has something Murray doesn't. A major title. In 2009, in succession, Del Potro beat Nadal and Federer in the semifinals and final of the U.S. Open. Del Potro was then 20, and it was the way he slugged the fight out of Federer that seemed to portend a bright future and many more big wins for the 6-foot-6 Argentine who smiles easily and always wears a gold cross because, he says, "Well, I am Catholic.
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