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No Man Under 30 Has Won A Tennis Major No Man Under 30 Has Won A Tennis Major

Happy birthday to Marin Cilic, who turns 30 today, and thanks for making tennis history. As of Sept. 28, no men’s tennis player under the age of 30 has won a major. This has never occurred before in the sport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro, and now Cilic…

Juan Martin Del Potro Is No Longer A Hypothetical Juan Martin Del Potro Is No Longer A Hypothetical

Many years could have been the year of Juan Martin del Potro. So many of them weren’t.

Frances Tiafoe Is An American To Root For Frances Tiafoe Is An American To Root For

Remember this kid? If you do at all, maybe it’s because you saw him last August, thriving in New York’s late summer humidity: dressed in all-black, whaling away with an unruly forehand, and placing his foot on the throat of every Federer acolyte—making them believe God might actually die in the first-round of the U.S.…

Is It Time For Tomas Berdych To No Longer Be Owned? Is It Time For Tomas Berdych To No Longer Be Owned?

There is perhaps no active player who has been as owned by the Big Four as painfully as Tomas Berdych. Poor, big-hitting Tomas Berdych, one of the fixtures of the men’s game, constantly found loitering in the later rounds of the majors, but never winning them. The Czech quasi-star has surged as high as No. 4 in the…

"That Stuff Sucked": How Roger Federer Was Defeated "That Stuff Sucked": How Roger Federer Was Defeated

By now you may know that Juan Martin del Potro beat Roger Federer last night, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

Roger Federer Is Out Roger Federer Is Out

Following several close calls—needing five sets to beat the unseeded pair of Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Youzhny in the tournament’s first and second rounds, respectively—Roger Federer is out of the U.S. Open, falling to Juan Martin del Potro tonight.

A Letter To Juan Martin Del Potro From A Guy Who Gave Up Too Early A Letter To Juan Martin Del Potro From A Guy Who Gave Up Too Early

QUEENS, N.Y.—Sir, I am sorry that I missed your U.S. Open tennis match on Monday evening. I missed it because I saw the first two sets and you looked dead in the water, an expression I’d assumed was about fish until looking it up last night and learning it had to do with boats. Anyway, down 6-1, 6-2 to No. 6 seed…

Juan Martin Del Potro's Injury Might Take Him Out Of Wimbledon Juan Martin Del Potro's Injury Might Take Him Out Of Wimbledon

There are many ways to describe Juan Martin del Potro: owner of the most devastating forehand in the sport, winner of a Grand Slam at age 20 after beating near-peak Roger Federer, and the dude with the largest heart on tour. But you could hardly describe him as healthy. Years of wrist issues sent him nose-diving down…

Juan Martin Del Potro Comforts Sobbing Opponent Who Had To Retire During Match Juan Martin Del Potro Comforts Sobbing Opponent Who Had To Retire During Match

Nicolás Almagro, a 31-year-old, former top-10 tennis player from Spain, sobbed on the court after he was forced to retire from his second-round French Open match today against Juan Martin del Potro due to a knee injury—the same injury that caused him to withdraw from a match against Rafael Nadal last month in Rome.

These Players Will Not Beat Rafael Nadal: A Largely Pointless French Open Preview These Players Will Not Beat Rafael Nadal: A Largely Pointless French Open Preview

We’re going to proceed on the assumption that Rafael Nadal will (literally) sink his teeth into the French Open trophy, as he has nine times since 2005.

Juan Martin Del Potro Earns His Best Win Of The Year Juan Martin Del Potro Earns His Best Win Of The Year

One of 2016's best storylines was the resurgence of Juan Martin del Potro, a U.S. Open winner who sank below No. 1000 during his long absence from the tour to deal with wrist injuries. But his ascent slowed this year, as the 28-year-old Argentine, whose No. 34 ranking still grossly undersells his talent, kept getting…

Grigor Dimitrov Thoroughly Ruins His Racket

Grigor Dimitrov lost to Juan Martin del Potro, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the Italian Open today. He hit some nice shots in a disappointing first-round exit, but saved his finest technique for this two-part racket devastation: First the spike, then the bare hands.

Nike Drapes Its Athletes In A Mess Of Green Puke Nike Drapes Its Athletes In A Mess Of Green Puke

Roger Federer rolled right through Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of the Miami Open, 6-4, 6-3. It was what you’d expect: forehand winners aplenty on both sides; Fed giving the big guy no absolutely no time to ease his way into the point; Delpo proving that he still can hit the crap out of his backhand when…

The Quarter Of Death Is Shaping Up At Indian Wells The Quarter Of Death Is Shaping Up At Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif.—Juan Martin del Potro is a teddy bear with a heavy brow and a shotgun forehand, and when he gets mad in public, apparently, he hugs whoever happens to be around. Because he is a professional tennis player that person is usually a line judge. That’s what he did in a fit of rage three years ago, and…

The Best (Of Who's Left) At Indian Wells The Best (Of Who's Left) At Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif.—When you touch down in the desert in the middle of March, they pretty much know why you’re there. They plant a big-ass screen right at the arrivals gate and the tennis players loom nearly life-sized. That’s how it was possible to know, within 15 minutes of landing, that Andy Murray was going to…

The Indian Wells Men's Draw Is One Big Clusterfuck The Indian Wells Men's Draw Is One Big Clusterfuck

Today, out in the Coachella Valley, the Indian Wells Masters will begin. It’s the highest-profile tennis tournament in the world after the four Grand Slams, dropping a fat bounty of 1000 ranking points on its winners. Everyone in the tennis universe should be excited, except for Serena Williams and all her fans, after…

Novak Djokovic Gets The Best Of Juan Martin Del Potro, Who's Still Missing Something Novak Djokovic Gets The Best Of Juan Martin Del Potro, Who's Still Missing Something

The last time these two matched up, last August at the Rio Olympics, they delivered the best tennis storyline of 2016: Juan Martin del Potro, rising from the dead after two years of surgeries to both wrists, upsets a Novak Djokovic who’d then had a vice grip on the No. 1 spot for two whole years. This time around, the…

Frances Tiafoe, America's Best Young Prospect, Is Getting Closer To Stardom Frances Tiafoe, America's Best Young Prospect, Is Getting Closer To Stardom

Frances Tiafoe, the best American teen in the men’s game, hasn’t taken down any giants yet, but every few months he gets quite close. Back at the U.S. Open, he took literal giant John Isner to a fifth-set tiebreak, and last night in Acapulco, the 19-year-old took Juan Martin del Potro to a third-set tiebreak before…

Juan Martin Del Potro May Not Play The Australian Open Juan Martin Del Potro May Not Play The Australian Open

The resurrection of Juan Martin del Potro was one of the quiet joys of 2016. He’d been out of the game for two years, he’d sunk lower than the No. 1000 ranking, and his wrists seemed like they’d never again be capable of bashing those flat, unforgiving groundstrokes. Yet somehow he snagged a silver medal in Rio by …

Juan Martin Del Potro Ends Comeback Year With Broken Finger, Trophy For Argentina Juan Martin Del Potro Ends Comeback Year With Broken Finger, Trophy For Argentina

Juan Martin del Potro slogged past Croatia’s Marin Cilic in five sets on Sunday to help Argentina take the Davis Cup. Somehow, he beat the world No. 6 despite breaking a left pinky while trying to catch one of Cilic’s serves in the deciding set. He wasn’t the only one to suffer from an errant Cilic serve during the…

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