Del Potro needs OT to advance

Once touted as the leader of the new world order, del Potro has stepped back

Updated: August 29, 2013, 12:13 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- He came striding into the 2009 US Open, an unconscious 20-year-old Argentine, and lit the place up.

Six-foot-6 Juan Martin del Potro destroyed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, gave him six games, for his 40th consecutive match win. Afterward, he called it the greatest moment of his life. A day later, after he defeated Roger Federer for his sixth consecutive title (something tennis hadn't seen in 84 years), del Potro was asked how he felt.

"Much better," he deadpanned.


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