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Delpo the “Little Star”

Posted by gauloises1 on October 12, 2009

Yeah, he’s killing me again.

Shanghai – Argentine culinary creature of habit Juan Del Potro won’t bow to local sensitivities as he plays as third seed at the Shanghai Masters, with the new US Open champion insisting he’ll stick to his habitual Italian diet while competing in one of the world’s great Asian food cities.

‘I always eat Italian, Italian food,’ said the South American Sunday after training as the new event got underway with a handful of first-round matches.

Del Potro, like the remainder of the top eight seeds at an event missing fatigued Roger Federer and injured Andy Murray, has a first round bye, with his first test to come against the winner from Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Del Potro is still getting used to the idea that he actually won the Open over Federer a month ago. And the last thing the 21-year-old wants to do is changes a winning tradition.

At the table, he plans to stick to what he knows best – even in one of the heartlands of one of the planet’s major cuisines.

‘I will try to eat China’s food – but not before the match,’ he warned.

Del Potro is already looking forward to the end of another breakthrough season.

As world number five on the ATP, he knows his current place in the pecking order.

‘It’s very good be like a star – a little star – because the biggest stars are our Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray,’ he said.

‘I’m still the same person, the same player even though I won a Grand Slam.

‘I do the same things every day. I know my way is to work hard, to be a better player, and of course I feel the matches. I’m tired but I will try to win here.

‘I have to win more Grand Slam to be similar to Rafa or Djokovic, maybe Roger. They are biggest players. They are the superstars in this moment.’

Check out his press conference. Sounds tired …

del potro practice shanghai

More photos of JMDP training here.

13 Responses to “Delpo the “Little Star””

  1. sophienz said

    Jeepers he is just the loveliest.
    “Little star’ indeed.
    How is he not everyone’s favourite?

  2. gauloises1 said

    It’s a mystery.

    Seriously.

  3. Isabelle said

    Isn’t he the cutest thing ever? (:
    Gosh, I looove the “Little star”.

  4. irefusetotellyou said

    I think he says this stuff just to tantalize us further.

    Also, can’t wait for our “Lady and the Tramp” moment while we dine on spaghetti.
    … though I’d probably be the tramp in this situation.

    OH WELL!

  5. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    As soon as I read the “little star” part my heart became a melty puddled mess much like him in this video.

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1898270976?bclid=0&bctid=23999088001

  6. naughtyT...asia doesn't swing,it blows said

    … and yet he was the one with the upset tummy last tourny… bastard Italians.. Foginini for example today.

  7. Aleksa said

    Absolute unadulterated flove.
    Precious BumbleBee he is *swoon*

  8. mrdarnley said

    Oh Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) that video is so sad. poor little star.

  9. sophienz said

    What is he crying about in the video?

  10. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    Sophienz: He had just defeated Roger in the US Open final.

  11. Carrie/Cubbie said

    I think that video was from 2008 after he lost to Andy in the QF. I may be mistaken- but I do think it is after his loss last year. Because sadly I watched that video about 548 times last year. 😉

  12. gauloises1 said

    Carrie is correct. For the same reason 🙂

  13. sophienz said

    Oh that’s so upsetting.
    Is it callous to say that I prefer his hair at the length it is in the crying video?
    Because I do.

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