Full Name: Juan Martin del Potro
Date of Birth: September 23rd, 1988
Place of Birth: Tandil, Argentina
Height: 6ft 6in
Turned Professional: 2005
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Juan Martín del Potro is the highest-ranked player from Argentina and is currently ranked 7th in the world. In 2008, - became the first player in ATP history to win his first four career titles in consecutive events. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semi-final and Roger Federer in the final. He is the only player outside of “The Big Four” (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray) to have won a men's grand slam singles title since 2005.
Del Potro reached his first senior singles final at the Futures tournament in Berimbau Naucalpan, Mexico when he was just 16 years of age, losing to where he lost to Darko Madjarovski. He then won consecutive titles at two Future ITF Circuit events in Santiago, Chile. He won his third title at the ITF Circuit event in Buenos Aires. Del Potro reached the semi-finals of his first tournament after turning professional and then made the final of the Credicard Citi MasterCard Tennis Cup in Brazil, losing to André Sá, 4–6, 4–6. At seventeen, he won the Montevideo Challenger and he finished 2005 ranked number 158 in the world.
In 2006, he won the Copa Club Campestre de Aguascalientes, beating Sergio Roitman in the final, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. Del Potro took part in his first Grand Slam in the 2006 French Open and finished the year as the youngest player in the top 100. Del Potro began 2007 by reaching his first semi-final in ATP Adelaide, before reaching the second round of the Australian Open. He reached the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open, losing to Rafael Nadal, 0–6, 4–6. In his first Wimbledon, he lost to Roger Federer in the second round.
Having advanced into the top 50 by the end of 2007, Del Potro began 2008 plagued by injuries. He was forced to retire during the second round of the Australian Open and again in Rome during a angry encounter with Andy Murray. Del Potro won his first career ATP tour title at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, easily beating Gasquet in the final. The following week he won the Austrian Open in Kitzbühel. He then chalked up a third consecutive title at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, beating Andy Roddick in the final. A remarkable fourth successive title came in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., becoming the first player in ATP history to win his first four career titles in as many tournaments.
His golden run of form finally came to an end at the 2008 US Open when beaten in the quarter-finals by Murray. He was defeated in the final of the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships by Tomas Berdych. His fantastic season had taken him into the top ten in the official world rankings.
He began 2009 with victory in the Heineken Open in Auckland and reached the quarter-finals in the Australian Open before losing in straight sets to Federer, 3–6, 0–6, 0–6. He gained his first victory over Nadal in five attempts at the BNP Paribas Open and, despite losing to Murray in the semi-finals, he reached number 5 in the world.
He reached the semi-finals at the 2009 French Open before losing to Federer 6–3, 6–7(2), 6–2, 1–6, 4–6. It was the first time he had taken a set from Federer. He successfully defended his Washington title against Roddick, 3–6, 7–5, 7–6, to win his second tournament of the year and was then beaten by Murray in the final of the Masters 1000 in Montreal.
Del Potro began his 2009 US Open campaign with comfortable victories over Mónaco and Melzer in straight sets. He then saw off Köllerer, Ferrero and Čilić to book his place in the semi-finals. He then defeated Rafael Nadal, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2 to reach his first Grand Slam final. It was his third consecutive victory over Nadal and he became the first Argentine to reach a Grand Slam singles final since Mariano Puerta at the 2005 French Open. He fought back from losing the opening set to beat world no. 1 and five-time defending champion Roger Federer, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2; his first victory over Federer in seven attempts. Del Potro completed his season in the ATP World Tour Finals, losing to Nikolay Davydenko, 3–6, 4–6, in the final.
Del Potro was sidelined with a wrist injury for a month after his fourth round exit from the Australian Open in 2010. He was unable to recover in time to defend his US Open title and he eventually had to consign himself to a lengthy absence. Inevitably, he tumbled down the official rankings and was down to 485 after he was beaten in the second round at Melbourne in 2011. He began to claw his way back up with semi-final appearances in the SAP Open in San Jose and the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and then made the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. It was his first ATP-level final since 2009 at the Barclays World Tour Finals in London and he defeated Janko Tipsarević, 6–4, 6–4.
He went on to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Masters at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open before winning the Estoril Open, beating Fernando Verdasco, 6–2, 6–2, in the final. He reached the last sixteen at Wimbledon for the first time before falling to Nadal in four sets but had done enough to recapture a top twenty spot and was to finish the year ranked eleven.
He began 2012 by reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, losing to Federer. The same opponent accounted for him in the final in Rotterdam before he won his tenth ATP championship in Marseille. He later retained his title at the Estoril Open, beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6–4 6–2 in the final. Federer ended his French Open hopes in the quarter-finals and he was beaten by David Ferrer in the fourth round at Wimbledon. At the Olympic Games, Del Potro lost an epic semi-final match with Federer 6–3 6–7 17–19 but recovered to beat Djokovic and claim a bronze medal. He lost in the quarter-finals of the 2012 US Open to Djokovic but won the Erste Bank Open in Vienna and the Swiss Indoors title in Basel. He ended the year ranked seventh in the world. Del Potro lost in the 3rd round of the 2013 Australian Open against Jeremy Chardy.