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Lanky Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro caught the attention of everyone by beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back and claimed his maiden Grand Slam title in 2009 at Flushing Meadows. Though, Del Potro had already shown the glimpses of his rare talent by earning some significant victories prior to that feat but his 2009 US Open win brought him on the center stage and the world witnessed the arrival of a new tennis star. As the destiny had it, this talented Argentine failed to even compete in the 2010 US Open due to a career threatening wrist injury. But, luckily it seems that Del Potro has fully recovered from a few grave injuries and now he looks ready to make up for that lost time.
Del Potro will start off his US Open campaign on Tuesday against his Davis Cup partner and former World No. 3 David Nalbandian, who has certainly passed his prime, but still has enough fire and will to cause a few massive upsets at Flushing Meadows. Interestingly both contenders have won 11 career titles so far, but thirty years old Nalbandian has not been able to re-ignite his magic on tour and he needs to come up with something special to make his presence count – this time at Flushing Meadows.
Del Potro has been on a redemption mode this season and he has won two titles so far in 2011. The lanky Argentine is back in Top 10 and ready to roll on hard-court – which is obviously his favorite hunting surface. On the other hand, Nalbandian has an ordinary 21-17 win-loss record for the season so far that says a lot about his dwindling form.
This will be a fifth meeting between these two and veteran Nalbandian has the edge as he leads with 3-1 against his compatriot. Last time they met in 2008 in Paris Masters, where Nalbadian topped Del Potro in straight sets.
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