Tennis: Del Potro looks to rebound from epic Wimbledon loss
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - Juan Martin Del Potro, coming off an epic Wimbledon semi-final loss to world number one Novak Djokovic, says he is ready to close the gap on the world's top tennis players.
The seventh-ranked Argentine is the men's top seed for this week's US$1.76 million (S$2.23 million) ATP and WTA Washington Open, his first event since losing the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 after four hours and 43 minutes.
"It was a very good experience for me even in the loss," Del Potro said. "I played a good match with the number one in the world in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Many good things to take.
"It was a really long battle for both of us. We played an incredible match for about five hours with high intensity. After that I needed a week to recover myself. And Novak was really tired in the final. Everyone saw that." Djokovic lost in the final to Britain's Andy Murray but remains atop the rankings and that duo together with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain the men to catch in Del Potro's eyes.