World Number 12, Juan Martin del Potro defeated the new generation contender, Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-4 in the opening round of the Queen’s Club Championship 2019, but woefully, the Argentine has withdrawn from the Wimbledon warm-up event due to a right knee injury.
In today’s match, The third seed, Juan Martin del Potro slipped near the net in the second set and that led to torment in his recovered knee. He completed his match with a victory but underwent medical examinations after his win. The pain and swelling in his right knee forced him to withdraw from the tournament.
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“It is a great shame that Juan Martin del Potro has been forced to withdraw,” said tournament director Stephen Farrow. “The crowd loves him here, just as they do all over the world. We wish him a full and speedy recovery, and hope to see him back here next year.”
Juan Martin del Potro has been suffering from a knee injury since his pre-quarterfinal match at Shanghai Open 2018 and this year, prior to the Fever-Tree Championships the Argentine skyscraper just played 11 matches on the ATP singles tour.
Nevertheless, the ‘Tower of Tandil’ still aspires to feature at Wimbledon Championships 2019 which will be getting underway the next month. Last year, Juan Martin del Potro reached the quarterfinals in SW19 and lost an epic five-set battle to Rafael Nadal at the grass-court major.
In today’s Great Britain’s tournament, it was a tough opening match for Juan Martin del Potro. In the first set, Shapovalov’s double fault gifted him the first break of serve at 5-5 and he could convert the next break point in the second set at 2-2 and the battle lasted for 76 minutes.
Del Potro was supposed to meet the Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez in the second round. And now, Lopez gets walkover and he advances into the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 event.