Juan Martin del Potro gives his backing to struggling Novak Djokovic
Juan Martin del Potro hopes to see Novak Djokovic back to his best soon, saying “I really support him”.
While Del Potro has enjoyed a great 2018 so far as he won the Mexican Open and the Indian Wells Masters, Djokovic has struggled since making his return from a small surgical procedure on his elbow.
The 12-time Grand Slam winner suffered a string of early losses and he has admitted that he is low on confidence.
Del Potro, who has found himself in similar situations as he had several injury problems not too long ago, admits he would like to see the Serb fighting for Grand Slams and the No 1 ranking again as it “would be good for tennis”.
“I also had to face that situation because I also had a couple of injuries in the past,” he is quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk. “It’s not easy. It’s not something nice to suffer. It’s not nice to see that you’re falling down in the rankings, that you’re not feeling as good as you’re used to feeling, because he’s always been really fit.
“I think there are few players that can come back from injuries and be so good, be up in the rankings where they deserve to be. I think that Djokovic is one of those players. Also [Andy] Murray did it, [Stan] Wawrinka. There are not many more players that are capable of coming back from injury. I think that’s what’s going to happen.
“For me personally, I would like to see Djokovic come back in the place where he should be. Hopefully he’ll be able to do that because I really like him, I really support him.
“I think it will not only be good for him but it will be good for the tennis world so that we can see again another great player, so we can see him fighting up there for Grand Slams, fighting for the No 1 with all the top players.
“We have great players. That will make tennis even more entertaining.”
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