Tennis: Tearful Del Potro Hails Crowd After US Open Exit

Tennis: Tearful Del Potro hails crowd after US Open exit

NEW YORK, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -8th Sept,2016) - Juan Martin del Potro broke down in tears as his US Open run came to end with the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd giving him a standing ovation which delayed the last rites of his quarter-final defeat to Stan Wawrinka.

The big Argentine wept as fans, many dressed in the blue and white shirts of the country's football team, sang 'Delpo, Delpo' as the injury-plagued 2009 champion ran out of gas in a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.

Del Potro applauded the crowd and had to compose himself before facing what turned out to be the last game of a match which concluded close to 1:20 on Thursday morning. "It's something difficult to describe with words.

I can lose the match but I will never forget this," said the 27-year-old former world number four who came into the tournament ranked 142 after undergoing a series of wrist surgeries which pushed him to the verge retirement.

"It's bigger than winning any match. I'm so proud to get that from the crowd because I've been doing a big effort to play tennis again.

They made me so happy tonight, I don't mind the score. "I think my tennis is starting to respond as I want but physically I am still down.

I am not at the same level as these guys. "But everything here is positive for me and I'm so glad for that." Del Potro was trying to reach a first Grand Slam semi-final since Wimbledon in 2013.

However, a summer which had seen him defeat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Olympics, where he went on to claim a silver medal in a final loss to Andy Murray, eventually took its toll. "Now I'm fighting at the same level as the top guys, and I already beat Djokovic, Rafa.

I played against Murray in a great match. "Wawrinka is the No. 3 player in the world and I'm there. That's means something good to me. But I need to keep working." Del Potro needed a wildcard to play in the US Open, the tournament where he made his name with a defeat of Roger Federer in the 2009 final. But his injury misery sent his ranking spiralling to 1,045 in February.