Juan Martin Del Potro is in the quarter-finals of the US Open in a spectacular way, with one of the biggest returns in tennis history against the eighth in the world, Dominique Thiem (1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4).
Watching only one of the first two sets of the match between Del Potro and Thiem, his best prediction for the end would be that the Argentine retire from the match, and if not Thiem surely won easily. Two days before the Delpo fight he dealt with the flu, so when he came out on the field it was difficult to move, in the second set there were problems with breathing and, logically, he lost 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and ten minutes play. How inferior to the Austrian tells the story that he had not made a single winner in the entire first set and five gamers in the second !?
However, at the end of the first set he took some medication and, obviously, began to act, and as he himself later said “took the stands”, which were filled with Argentines in blue and white shirts.
The third set won it superior with 6-1, probably grabbing him for a break Thiem, who until then used to playing against a “half-man.” The Austrian returned to the fourth set, made a break in the sixth gamble, then served at 5-3 and came to 30-0.
Magic began here!
DelPo miraculously won four points in a row and then equalized to 5-5. When serving with a negative 5-6, he again came to the edge and twice saved a match-ball, choosing for a tie break. There he dominated with 7-1 and came to “zero” before the fifth set. Everyone won his service, Thiem saved three breaks-chances for the Argentine in the sixth gamble, a few minutes later with two double faults in succession to lose the set 6-4.