Del Potro surprising himself with last-16 run

Sat Sep 3, 2016 7:43pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro began his latest comeback in March he said he was playing for fun after three operations on his wrist.

Six months on, with an Olympic silver medal in the bag, the Argentine beat 11th seed David Ferrer of Spain 7-6 6-2 6-3 to reach the U.S. fourth round for the first time since 2012.

"I didn't expect to be in the second week of this tournament,” the 2009 champion told reporters on Saturday after setting up a clash with eighth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.

“I didn't expect to get a medal in Rio. I didn't expect to play at this level in this part of the year.”

“I'm surprising the guys on tour, my colleagues. That's great because I'm seeing I can be dangerous in the future once again.”

Having climbed back to 142nd in the rankings, Del Potro needed a wildcard to get into the U.S. Open.

But his win over Ferrer showed everyone that he may even be a contender for the title.

“The best players on tour are talking good things about me,” Del Potro said.   Continued...

Sep 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates the win against David Ferrer of Spain on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports