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Elf Looks to the Future

Posted by gauloises1 on August 17, 2009

From his presser:

Q.  Was it just a question of accumulation of a lot of tennis from Washington to here and so many matches, or was it just the sun of today?
 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO:  Yes, yes.  It was very tough for me.  I was playing against Andy, I was thinking about my physic, and it was very tough, this match.
 Otherwise the weather was very hot for me, and I feel that, but when I have my chance in the second, I played bad in the important moments, and Andy has very good experience.  He’s a good winner.

 Q.  Physically did you have a shoulder issue?
 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO:  Yes.  Just tired, you know.  I not have any problems, but I feel it the matches since Washington.  It’s normal.

Q.  How close to the top three or four players do you think you are?  Do you think you’re on the same level with them right now or not?
 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO:  No, I don’t think so.  I need to work hard to be like them.  I can play against them, but I need to improve my game a lot if I want to be top four or top two or top one for many years.

 Q.  What did you learn from this experience?
 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO:  A lot.  I never play a final in Masters, and the crowd and this tournament and everything, it’s so good for me and for my future.
 I’m very happy to be in the final.  I lost, but I’m happy.  I don’t have to think in the past and now see the future.

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7 Responses to “Elf Looks to the Future”

  1. AmyLu said

    Am I correct that the Elf pulled out of Cincinnati? JJ got an e-mail to his home account, which I read, that he’s out of Cincinnati so change your ATP picks by 11:00 this morning before they’re locked? I can’t find anything searching on Google that he pulled out, and the Argentinean press reported this morning that he was going to play. *confused*

    In actuality I don’t think it would be a bad idea for him to do so — it’s going to be beyond humid in Cincinnati, but if he did pull it, I’m hoping with all my might that he stays in the U.S. until the U.S. Open. I don’t think it’s a good idea at all to return to Argentina.

  2. gauloises1 said

    He doesn’t seem to be in the draw, which I agree is confusing as I can’t find any announcement of him pulling out!

    Still I’m cool with it, But yeah, please don’t go home to Argentina … stay where it’s hot!

  3. AmyLu said

    Thank you — I’m a little sleep-deprived so I didn’t know if I was just imagining things. 🙂

    Are you doing okay this morning? I’m feeling more positive about proceedings today, as I think it was a huge step making it to his first Master’s final, which I lost sight of a bit in my disappointment yesterday. JJ’s dad, by the way, was raving about Del Potro last night — I think he’s made a new fan.

  4. gauloises1 said

    Oh I’m fine, just got hit with a sudden burst of tennis fatigue 🙂

    I’ll perk up though.

  5. irefusetotellyou said

    Awww. Presser. Excuse me while I go cry some more.

    OK, I am likewise confuzzled by whether he’s in Cincinnati …

    All I know is that I’m planning me a trip to the tournament later this week, bring hell or high water. (Both of which JUST might be in the forecast.)

  6. jb (remember the unicorn!!) said

    i just gotta say, when i read interviews from the elf; he just sounds like such a nice kid; its where i think it really hits me that he’s so young still. He’s just such a refreshing mix of maturity and eager ‘oh gee this is so cool i’m going to work really hard’.

    but i’m glad he pulled out of cincy, he should be in much better shape for NY.

  7. rulin said

    I was at the final (the semis, too), and I got to say it was heart-breaking for me when he lost the 2nd set tiebreak, because it was obvious the heat (or perhaps more precisely, the humidity) was killing him. During the morning practice, he came much later than Murray and left first (kind of abruptly too). Murray also does his amazing, well-documented fitness training in freaking Miami, so I’m sure this weather was nothing.

    I’ve been reading this blog for a while now, and I think the JMDP luvin’ has totally rubbed off on me. I was surprised to see how hard I was cheering him at the matches (I suppose it helped that I don’t care for Murray). It also doesn’t hurt that the first time that I saw him, he was shirtless. From what I could gather from the tournament, he seems like an awesome guy (*cough*withwhomiwanttodoterriblethings*cough*). Anyway, with the help of you, gauloises, I’ve become a major fan – and I am glad to see he has a great attitude going forward.

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