Juan Martin DEL POTRO made it through to the semi-final for the first time in his career in a Grand Slam tournament. Awaiting in the next game is non other than hot favourite Roger FEDERER, more of that later.
Despite having to play against another clay court specialist in the form of Tommy ROBREDO, he didn’t look threatened at all from the first serve of the game. He defeated the 29th seeded in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 & 6-2.
“I was very nervous all match, and I never managed to really get in the match because my legs were really tense,” the 20-year-old said. “Maybe you couldn't see that from the outside, but I was pretty tense. Tommy played really well. Three sets, that is not a good indication of what the match was, because he really played well. But I played better, so I won.”
DEL POTRO converted four of his 10 break points, while ROBREDO wasted all seven he held. Now he will face perhaps in what could be his biggest nemesis of 2009, Roger FEDERER. He doesn’t need anyone to remind what happened to him in Australia back in January.
“With his game, he does everything perfectly,” DEL POTRO said. “His game is much of a problem to me, and this is why I never won when I played him.”
The 6-foot-6 has a big serve and forehand but could face his own battle with nerves. And he knows the crowd will be in FEDERER’s corner.
“Everybody wants Roger to win this tournament,” DEL POTRO said. “If I can’t win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday Roger with the trophy.”
As much as most tennis lovers in the world would love to FEDERER completing his Grand Slam, I for being an Albiceleste supporter would love to see an upset here as always. No harm in dreaming big and being optimist at the same time.