Day 5. Round 3. Juan Martin Del Potro

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[3] Juan Martin Del Potro -03- (ARG) def [31] Fernando Verdasco -32- (ESP) | 75 76(6) 63

Before his many surgeries and set-backs, World #3 Juan Martin Del Potro shocked the tennis world by upsetting 5-time and defending US Open Champion Roger Federer in the 2009 Championship match. It was his first, and only Grand Slam title.

Argentine’s travel, and Delpo enjoys tremendous support wherever he plays. But his fan-base is global. A gentle giant with a heart-stopping forehand, he has captured the adoration of fans the world over thanks to his quiet, compassionate character – as mush as his undeniable talent.

In New York, he is a draw. And a after a long day featuring returning-champ Sloane Stephens, a tremendous battle between defending-champ Nadal and Khachanov, then an emotional match-up with Venus and Serena – Arthur Ashe Stadium remained packed, as fans clamored to see the surgically-enhanced World #3 rip the felt off the ball. He didn’t disappoint.

Fernando Verdasco played a hell of a match – fresh off his first career victory over Andy Murray. But Delpo simply out-shined the Spaniard when it mattered most. How “even” was this Round-3 battle?

[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa angle-up”] Aces: Delpo-12 | Verdasco-10
[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa angle-up”] Winners: Delpo-41 | Verdasco-38
[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa angle-up”] Unforced Errors: Delpo-32 | Verdasco-45
[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa angle-up”] At the net: Delpo-18/24 | Verdasco-17/25

Andy Taylor Emcee 2018 US Open 027 Juan Martin Del Potro Round-3 Match Recap

NEXT: [3] Juan Martin Del Potro -03- (ARG) vs [20] Borna Coric -20- (CRO)

[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa check”] R3: def [31] Fernando Verdasco -32- (ESP) 75 76(6) 63 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa check”] R2: def Denis Kudla -67- (USA) 63 61 76(4) | Louis Armstrong Stadium
[vector_icon icon=”fas-fa check”] R1: def Donald Young -239- (ESP) 60 63 64 | Louis Armstrong Stadium

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[3] Juan Martin Del Potro -03- (ARG)

9-years-ago he captured his first Grand Slam title right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium, defeating Rafael Nadal in the Semi’s, then 5-time defending champion Roger Federer in a thrilling 5-set Final. He’s a Davis Cup Champion, an Olympic Bronze and Silver Medalist, and with victories this year at Indian Wells and Acapulco – now owns 22 ATP World Tour Singles titles. He’s reached 4 Finals this year alone, and comes into this year’s US Open with a career-high ranking of #3 in the World. A Semifinalist here last year – From Argentina, please welcome 2009 US Open Champion…Juan Martin Del Potro.

[31] Fernando Verdasco -32- (ESP)

This 34-year-old, 3-time Davis Cup Champion owns 7 ATP World Tour Singles titles and has been ranked as high as #7 in the World. A Semifinalist at the 2009 Australian Open, he is competing in his 62nd consecutive Major – the second longest active streak on the ATP World Tour. Earlier this year, he earned his 500th career match victory in his hometown of Madrid, and reached his 23rd career Singles Final in Rio – where he also captured his 8th Doubles title. A 2-time Quarterfinalist here in Flushing, he is competing in his 16th US Open. From Spain, please welcome…Fernando Verdasco.