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Del Potro Eager To Return As Soon As Possible

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del Potro© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro played through the pain at the start of the season before undergoing surgery.

After undergoing surgery on his left wrist on Monday in Rochester, Juan Martin del Potro returned home to Buenos Aires on Thursday to begin his rehabilitation. 

"The toughest thing was to decide to have the surgery, but it was the best decision,” said del Potro, who was sidelined for the majority of 2010 after surgery on his right wrist, also performed by Dr. Berger at the Mayo Clinic. “The doctor had the chance to take a better look at the injury and he saw the ligaments were broken, so it was the best thing to do.

"It will take me a lot of months to recover,” continued del Potro, who was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2011 after recovering from the right wrist surgery. “In 15 days I have to be checked by the doctor again to see how everything is going and only then will we have a better idea of how long it will take to be back. All the support I have makes me want to come back as soon as possible.

"Injuries in this sport can change your whole career and now it's the moment to focus on recovering and getting back on the court as fast as I can. If I'm healthy, I know I can be back at a top level. Next year will be different because I won't be a Top 10 player anymore.”

The 25-year-old del Potro struggled through the first three months of the season in a bid to avoid more surgery, playing through the pain in Australia, Rotterdam and Dubai before succumbing. 

"It's tough to stop,” del Potro told ESPN Deportes. “You want to keep going and not lose your ranking, so I tried to play with more slice, but after a couple of practices in Miami I decided it was enough. I had to stop and go to see the doctor.”

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