After a long nine-year wait to get back into the last four of the French Open, Juan Martin del Potro busted into tears of Joy for making it to the semifinals of the French Open after being kicked out along the line for nine consecutive years following a series of injuries.
The last time the Argentine saw the last four at Roland Garros was in 2009 just before bagging the US Open title the same year.
“It has been a long time without a good feeling on my body. I had three surgeries on my left wrist and I was close to quit this sport. ‘And now I don’t have any words to describe this moment.
“It’s so good for me, my team and my family.
“It was very important for me to have their support and my family as well, my friends.
“Of course, from you guys [the crowd] you make me feel so happy. I’m so proud to be here playing my tennis in front of you. ‘I feel at home here, I feel at home wherever I play. You make me feel so happy so merci beaucoup.”
The euphoria of the moment after a diehard 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic, a fellow Grand Slam Champion had Del Potro basking in his victory in the most sensational and emotional way to the extent that he could barely speak, owing to the streak of tears that kept him speechless for a while.
“Well it’s tough to speak now” said the Emotional champion.
His victory came to him as a shock and an unexpected win as he ousted third seed Marin Cilic in their heated quarterfinals match and got a slot in the semifinals against Nadal, world number one to battle for a place in the French Open finals and in a bid to get back to the 4th position in the ATP rankings.
“Well, it’s going to be a challenge that every player wants to have. I don’t know if I will win but I will take a big love from you and that’s more important to me.” This he said in response to question posed at him concerning his meeting with Rafael Nadal in the semis.