Del Potro, who nearly quit 3 years ago, says everything is almost perfect now

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro advanced to the final of the US Open after world No.1 Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury during the semi-final on Friday.Del Potro, who reached his first US Open final since winning the Grand Slam in 2009, will face Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the summit clash on Sunday.When Del Potro takes the court on Sunday he will look to not only end a nine-year Grand Slam title drought but also extend a comeback from when he almost quit professional tennis three years ago.The third seed said persistent wrist ailments nearly led to him exiting the sport in 2015, what he called the “worst moment” of his career.”I was close to quit this sport because I couldn’t find a way to fix my wrist problems. I have been suffering a lot. I got depressed for couple of months also,” Del Potro told reporters.Read – Novak Djokovic sets up US Open final with Juan Martin del Potro”I didn’t expect to get this kind of emotions playing tennis again. Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever in this moment, everything is almost perfect.”9 years later:@delpotrojuan will contest his 2nd Grand Slam final here in Flushing Meadows.The 2009 champion awaits the winner of Djokovic/Nishikori…#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018The Argentine credited his group of loyal friends, who were seen cheering him on Friday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, with helping him stay in the game.advertisement”They are very important for me to be in this stage at the moment because they were behind me in (those) years, trying to keep my mind in positive way, [to] never give up during my wrist problems,” Del Potro said.”I didn’t know if I [would] be a tennis player again or not. But I’m here.”for a champion…@delpotrojuan always showing respect…#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018Del Potro, who lost to Nadal in last year’s semi-finals, said he was now focused on extending his career, sticking to a daily yoga regime and spending hours on treatments for his wrist and body.Unfortunately, Rafa Nadal has retired after 2 sets in the semifinals, sending Juan Martin del Potro through to the final…#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018″I know I’m not 100 percent, but I can play tennis in this [condition]. I will be proud if I [am] still playing tennis for more years.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img