“I Want Him to Return”: Roger Federer Sends Special Message for Juan Martin del Potro

Published 03/12/2021, 2:37 AM EST
INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 18: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina is congratulated by Roger Federer of Switzerland after their match during the men’s final on Day 14 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Roger Federer recently suffered a shocking defeat in the quarters of the Qatar Open 2021. However, fans witnessed the Swiss maestro in action after almost 13 months, and that by itself was an incredible experience. Even though Federer couldn’t go into the semis of the tournament, he showed great skill that proves that he still has a lot of tennis left in him.

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In the post-match press conference, Federer said something that made tennis fans quite happy. He said that he wanted Juan Martin del Potro to return to the court very soon. Previously, del Potro had also claimed that he wanted Federer to make a comeback as soon as possible.

“I’m happy he said that. I did not hear that (del Potro’s statement), obviously he wanted Juan Martín to return to the circuit as I did now,” said Federer in the press conference.

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(Quotes have been translated by Google Translate)

NEW YORK, NY: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reacts after winning a game during his men’s Singles finals match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Swiss maestro also wished him the best of health and claimed that he wanted del Potro to be in good health forever.

“I hope he finds this better sooner rather than later. But if it takes him another month, two, three months, how long does it take him, I want him to return and be in good health forever,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

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“Has to be very intelligent about his return”- Roger Federer on Juan Martin del Potro

Federer believes that del Potro’s injury is bigger and more serious than the one he himself suffered. Thus, he explained that it would take him much more time to heal. He also highlighted that the Argentine player would have to be intelligent about his return to the court.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 4-6, 7-6, 19-17 win over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Semifinal of Men’s Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I know it will take a while, because everything he went through is bigger than what I went through. He has to be very intelligent about his return to the circuit, when he does it and how he does it,” concluded Federer.

Fans haven’t forgotten that epic US Open 2009 final in which del Potro defeated Federer in a five-set marathon. Federer hadn’t lost a single US Open title from 2004 to 2008, and it was the Argentine who broke his streak at the Grand Slam.

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It is still not clear when del Potro will make a comeback. However, fans will hope for it to happen soon and will look forward to more Federer-del Potro matches.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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