Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are only too well known on the US and world tennis circuit. I mean, who hasn’t heard of them. But a kid called Juan Martin del Potro– from Argentina. Those who hadn’t heard of him- and let’s face it- there were millions of them -have in the last few days- and how!!The gangling 6’6″ Argentine knocked the higher seeded Nadal in the semi-finals of the US Open and in a gripping finals managed to do what many would have thought impossible- beat Roger Federer. Both played very good tennis but del Potro who had nothing to lose and was the underdog showed flashes of sheer brilliance in the five setter.
Ambition, guts, perseverance, talent- he had all this in good measure. Great achievement does not come easily- least of all in high pressure situations like the finals of the US Open. This young man showed that he had it in him to play like a champ.
Congratulations to the young man. He has a great future ahead and I am sure we will hear more about him.