The 27-year-old Argentine Tennis player reappeared in the ATP circuit last week. Del Potro, the former holder of the 4th place in the ATP ranking succeeded in a mighty comeback in the Delray Beach Open tournament. The downtime had severe consequences for the Argentine player: before the tournament in Florida, del Potro was the 1041st in the ATP ranking.

Giant leap in ATP ranking for Potro

His participation in the tournament was ensured through an invitation from the organizers.

Theoretically, his position in the ranking would have allowed him to play only in the Futures tournaments and perhaps in the ITF ones. However, over the last decade his name weighed greatly in men’s professional tennis. Moreover, del Potro won this tournament in 2011, defeating the Serb player Janko Tipsarevic in the finals.

In the first matches played, Juan Martin displayed the same type of performance that had delighted his fans back in 2009: powerful forehands and a consistent and precise service game.

However he did not stand a chance in the semifinal against the American player Sam Querrey.

His struggle to return to the world tennis elite has hardly begun. The semifinal played at Delray Beach earned him 100 ATP points. Thus the former winner of the US Open will skyrocket in the ATP raking. According to the ranking released Monday, February 22nd, del Potro holds the 420th place in the ATP.

Masters tournament held at Indian Wells is his next challenge

Thanks to his performance in Florida, the Argentine tennis player will participate in the main draw in Indian Wells, California.

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The organizers offered him a wild-card. Del Potro played in this tournament’s final in 2013, being defeated by the Spanish player Rafael Nadal.

In 2009, when he was only 20, Potro stood as a real surprise in the US Open. His triumph against Federer in the US Open final brought him world fame. That final was a genuine tour de force won by the Argentine player following 5 extremely spectacular sets. After many years fraught with repeated injuries, surgeries, and lengthy recovery periods, del Potro has the opportunity to get back where he belongs: in the men’s tennis elite.

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