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Del Potro: "I Think I'm Playing Even Better Than 2009"

Shanghai, China

Del Potro© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro has won three ATP World Tour 500 tournaments this year.

Juan Martin del Potro is confident that he is moving in the right direction.

“I think I'm playing even better than many years ago,” said del Potro on Sunday, after he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final. 

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“I couldn't win a Grand Slam [title] like I did in 2009 [at the US Open], but I reached finals in the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000s. I have already won three tournaments [and] I beat the top guys, which is fantastic for me.

“I think I'm playing even better than 2009 or 2008 or last year. That's important [and] a good thing for the future. I still have the same goal, which is [to] get closer to the top guys. If I still work like this, I hope I can be there one day.”

Del Potro saw his eight match winning streak come to an end at the hands of Djokovic in his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (0-3 overall).

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Last week in Tokyo, the 25 year old lifted the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title (d. Raonic). He is now fifth in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

“I believe in myself [and] I'm very confident,” said del Potro. “I'm very pleased with my level. I think if I'm healthy and if I play like today or yesterday [versus Rafael Nadal], I will have the chance to play good battles like we did today.

“I love this sport. I love playing these kind of matches, even if I lose.”

Del Potro secured his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with victory over Nadal in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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“I'm so excited to be there. I said before, it's a fantastic tournament. I'm going to be part of eight players fighting for the same goal. I think it's like a gift for me because I did so well this season.

“I think it's a big chance to close a fantastic year.” 

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