BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Del Potro: "Anything Can Happen"
by ATP Staff|
For a good portion of this season, Roger Federer had every answer for Juan Martin del Potro, winning the pair’s first six FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. But after suffering two agonising defeats to Federer at Roland Garros and the London 2012 Olympics, del Potro has now won back-to-back matches against the Swiss to reaffirm his status as a perennial threat among the game’s elite.
On Saturday, sixth-seeded del Potro ended Federer’s impressive run at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, prevailing in their Group B round-robin clash 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 to snap the two-time reigning champion's 12-match win streak at the season-ending championships. The victory added to his triumph over Federer at the Swiss Indoors Basel just two weeks ago.
“The Roland Garros match, I was two sets up and then I lost. But after that match, I said to [myself], ‘You can beat him, why not?’ Then we played again in the Olympics. I was really, really close,” reflected del Potro. “But Federer is Federer. He makes the difference between him and all the players in the important moments and in the big matches like the Olympics. But now I'm doing better than him basically in Basel and now.”
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The result enabled del Potro to secure a spot in the semi-finals, finalising Sunday’s final four field. Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray had already clinched their places. Del Potro, who finished runner-up to Nikolay Davydenko in London three years ago, has a 20-3 record and three titles indoors this year. Despite his success, he isn’t asserting himself as a contender for the title.
“I don't know who is the No. 1 favourite. Djokovic, Murray or Federer can win the tournament,” said del Potro. “I can tell you, I'm the No. 4 for sure. Anything can happen. I beat Federer, Novak and Andy long time ago, so maybe if I have luck, I can repeat here.”
Del Potro will look to overturn a 2-6 record against Djokovic. The Serb won their most recent meeting in the US Open quarter-finals.