Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Juan Martin del Potro Wants to Spoil Federer, Nadal US Open Semi
Given the huge roars from the crowd coming out of the Grandstand court on Tuesday evening at the US Open, you would think Juan Martin del Potro was playing tennis in his native Tandil, Argentina and not in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
The 6-foot-6 Argentine has always been a crowd favorite in New York — and he only added to his legend by overcoming a sickness and a two-sets-to-love deficit to beat No. 6 Dominic Thiem in a thrilling five-setter that many are calling the match of the tournament.
“It was very important because I was trying to retire the match in the second set,” del Potro, 28, said of the crowd support. “Then I saw the crowd waiting for more tennis, waiting for my good forehands, good serves. I took all that energy to change in a good way and think about fight and not retire.
“I did well, and I start to enjoy little bit more about the fans. I think I did everything well after the third set. The crowd enjoy with me all points. It was unbelievable atmosphere.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.