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Del Potro Retires In Shanghai

Posted by gauloises1 on October 14, 2009

And the fun keeps on leaving. Del Potro was trailing Jurgen Melzer 57 12 (on serve) when he retired with a right wrist injury.

del potro shanghai masters second round

JMDP called for the trainer after getting broken in his first service game and had the wrist taped up, after which he broke back and stayed level until he shipped a couple of crucial points serving to take the set to a tiebreak. I saw him call for the trainer again during Melzer’s second service game, then Sky cut to a commercial break and by the time we were back he was gone. So there you have it. Quite the little ATP retirement community Shanghai is turning out to be.

I really hope the wrist isn’t too bad. He wasn’t playing well (understatement of the century) but I actually think that if he could have carried on he would have won in three, as he was staying very close to Melzer whose game had nowhere to go but down. If you ask me, he can’ t wait for the season to end, which is valid (if unfun for us as fans).

Just as long as he remembers how to win in 2010, thanks.

15 Responses to “Del Potro Retires In Shanghai”

  1. Saoirse said

    Poor thing… It’s too bad this whole Asian trip turns out to be such a disappointment for both the Elf and his devoted female fans. I hope the wrist injury is not too bad (read fatigue vs tendonitis) and he recovers quickly (read a few short weeks).

    Now don’t get me wrong, I am beyond disappointed that I won’t be seeing him this week (not that my Canadian live streaming coverage allows me to see much of it anyways, but still) and the last thing I want is less Elf but I now sincerely hope he withdrawals from Austria . There is no use for him to drag his tired self to play a 250. Again, not that I do not want to see him, but for the greater good, I really think he should go home, relax, lick his wounds (need some help?) and come back healthy(ier) and strong(er) for the remainder of the season.

    Sad day in Elfland.

  2. AmyLu said

    So, that was not the news I wanted to wake up to (and beyond the fact that I’m a big Elf fan who’s hoping he’s okay, the Elf just destroyed my bracket — well more than it already was. I picked him to win the title). I’m also hopeful it’s more fatigue issues than anything else, as I really, really don’t want him to be injured.

    And I decided not to get out of bed to watch the third set of Blake/Rafa (as I told JJ he’ll win 6-4 and I’ll catch it on replay when I’m awake) so I missed Rafa’s winner live, which had JJ all excited. *hits head*

  3. linz said

    *hugs*

    Sorry, this is no good. All the Top 6 guys (except apparently Djoko) need to just go to a spa somewhere where we can wait on them hand and foot an prepare them for the 2010 season. The “NBP Rejuvenation Center”.

  4. linz said

    To clarify, I just said “except Djoko” because he seems to be pretty healthy right now- not because he wouldn’t be welcome at the Center. There would definitely be room for him.

  5. harini said

    This sucks. I hope the wrist injury is not too bad either and he gets back to form for next season.
    Shanghai is insane already. I’ve missed all the matches and for good reason, it seems.

  6. neil in toronto said

    Hopefully its just a case of needing to rest. Soairse, you may want to try fromsports.com for your streaming needs, i watched Nole AND Gilles Simon this morning, and the streams are nice and clear.

  7. imtotallyrad said

    *is sad* poor cookie…..china is becoming less and less appealing to me by the second >=P

  8. AmyLu said

    Linz, you know what I find so funny about Nole? He can’t really play in extreme heat, has breathing issues occasionally and occasionally complains of fatigue, but he never really gets injured. I mean in the past three years, I can’t think of a real injury that he’s had. Which is pretty remarkable. And, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all is okay for Andy. I’m really hoping nothing too serious happened yesterday.

  9. gauloises1 said

    It’s ironic that so many people are or were disparaging about Nole’s fitness, yet he’s the only one out of the big four/five/six who’s actually managed to play a full season. And hasn’t he played more matches than anybody else?

  10. AmyLu said

    Yup, he has. And he doesn’t look burned out this year like he did at the end of 2007 so I expect he should be able to finish the year strongly.

  11. linz said

    You’re totally right AmyLu- he’s very Fed-like in the way that he just doesn’t seem to get injured! If he could just get through his mental issues he would really be unstoppable! I expect Djoko to do really well at the WTFs- I’d actually be surprised if he didn’t win it!

    Thanks for the thoughts on Andy- I just REALLY want him to take some real time off. It’s just been a steep decline since the Wimbledon final, and he needs to come back in 2010 rejuvenated, because time is running out, if it hasn’t run out already…

  12. irefusetotellyou said

    Good thing I picked Nole to win this darn thing.

    Strangely, I’m not as extremely upset as I thought I’d be about this JMDP news. Like everybody else, I just hope that he rests up and gets better. Good vibes.

    And I second Linz’s resort idea. I call the massage parlour and/or the room service job, so I can hide in the closet and watch them change. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

  13. Maria said

    Poor Elf, hope the wrist isn’t too bad. I managed to catch up to when he was being strapped (had to go to work) but missed the part where he was playing tennis. When mum said he fought back I was kinda happy, and guilty at the same time thinking I hope that didn’t aggravate his wrist, and about saying jokily at the start that he should retire if he’s not mentally up to it. (he wasn’t playing his best to begin with) I jinxed him! *sob* Note to self: Don’t speak until a match is over….

    I do like the spa idea, can I be the towel girl (if such a job exists as part of spa duties)

  14. Aleksa said

    BunbleBee hurt and down *sad face*
    Today was rather freaky and bizzarre day in Shanghai.

    I am extremly happy that Novak *my Delicate Flower* is hanging tough leading the ATP World Tour in match wins (64) and the Tour’s best: 8th final of the season.

    For the record, Nole retired only once this year. Delicate Flower is manning up.
    Gebhard Phil-Gritsch is a great asset to the team in the fitness department of Nole’s game.

    Novak has a great body, legs in particular, and impressive torso-spin and overall movement.
    He does however have a major peeve with humidity and heat (understatement of the year).
    Sometimes I believe he’s made out of rubber. Thus he does not get injured, quite Federesque.

    NB. In Serbia it’s a common knowledge that Nole has suffered from a certain type of asthma for years and has problems breathing when humid. It deteriorates when extremely humid and hot.

  15. Aleksa said

    Forgot to emphasise enough

    1) BumbleBee hurt and down *major sad face*
    2) Nole manning up and staying strong and fit despite misplaced common sentiment in media
    3) I am in for the spa moment – to towel dry the bodies, dryhumping included

    Now, I think we’ve got that covered.

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