x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Del Porto is living his dream

Juan Martin Del Porto is living the dream by playing in the Masters Cup and then representing Argentina in the Davis Cup final.

SHANGHAI // Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro has enjoyed a meteoric rise since July but playing in this week's Masters Cup is just the first of two dreams he will fulfil this month. The world No 8 will go straight home after the tournament for the world's top eight players to prepare for next week's Davis Cup final against Spain. "For all tennis players it's like a dream to be here," said Del Potro following his 7-6, 7-6 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday to keep his hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

"But also next week will be another dream. We've never played the final in Argentina before. All the Argentina people want to win the Davis Cup so it will be great for me too." Del Potro, 20, helped Argentina reach the final by defeating Russia in September. He defeated the world No 5 Nikolay Davydenko in that tie and he will have to repeat that result today if he is to reach the last four as the winner of their game goes through. Del Porto is looking forward to the game and hope he can stave off the back injury that has been giving him pain in recent games.

"I have played him many times, I know his game. But it will be tough. All matches are tough here. It depends on my body." * Reuters