PTT THAILAND OPEN
Del Potro Says Wrist Is 'Perfect'
by Paul Macpherson|
Despite losing his comeback match Tuesday in Bangkok, Juan Martin del Potro is looking confidently to the remainder of the season after saying that his right wrist gave him no trouble in his 7-6(7), 6-4 loss to Belgian Olivier Rochus.
“The most important thing for today is my wrist – and it’s perfect. I hope to play five or six more tournaments between now and the end of the season,” said del Potro, who is scheduled to play the ATP World Tour 500 tournament next week in Tokyo.
“It was a great moment for me being with the fans on centre court playing a match again. I felt very happy. I lost today but I have good things to take for the future.”
Del Potro, once ranked as high as No. 4, now finds himself at No. 36 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings after missing the past eight months of the ATP World Tour season. The PTT Thailand Open was his first tournament appearance since January’s Australian Open and since he underwent right wrist surgery on 4 May in the United States.
Encouraged by his comeback match, del Potro said that he hoped to return to the top of the game soon. “I need to work hard to get back into the Top 10. Of course I would love to be back there soon.”
The 22 year old was unlucky to run into a red-hot Rochus, who at 5’ 6”, is a full foot shorter than the Argentine. “Of course he’s not playing his best tennis yet but it’s still an amazing victory for me,” said World No. 78 Rochus. “I can’t play much better than I did today.”
Del Potro struck 16 aces but offered up nine break point chances, dropping serve once in each set.
“I played a good match. I had my chances in the first-set tie-break and he played some great points. He served very good, which was important on this kind of surface. I’m just happy to be back on the circuit and I hope I get better and better. He played very well today.”