Juan Martin del Potro could miss French Open after ANOTHER injury in Rome
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO faces an anxious wait to see if he will be fit in time for the French Open at Roland Garros.
The French Open gets underway in 10 days’ time and Del Potro had been expected to be in the mix at the business of the tournament in June.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a resurgence after being dogged by wrist injuries since winning the US Open back in 2009.
And while fan favourite Del Potro will be glad not to have suffered a recurrence of the injury that saw him miss the best part of four years of tennis in total, this latest groin problem is a concern.
The Argentinian was battling back from a set down against David Goffin and was putting the pressure on his opponent's serve at 4-5 in the second.
Del Potro had in fact been serving to level the match but the groin problem on which he had received treatment two games into the second set reappeared in a gruelling Goffin service game.
The Belgian had saved two set points but when he brought up game point of his own, Del Potro decided he could not go on and called Goffin to the net to shake hands.
Juan Martin del Potro was already a set down but fighting back against David Goffin
The world No 6 will now hope medical checks do not reveal any serious damage as anything more than a strain will surely leave Del Potro unable to play the French Open, where he played last year for the first time since 2012.
Meanwhile, Roland Garros favourite Rafael Nadal cruised past Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1 to book his place along with Goffin in the quarter-finals, meaning he was not made to regret squandering eight break points in the first three games of the match.
"It was a tough first set," Nadal said afterwards.
"It’s true that I had 15-40 and a couple of break points in the first game, 15-40 and a couple of break points in the second return game and I didn’t make them.
"Then everything became a little bit tougher. Happy for the victory against a difficult opponent and excited to be in the quarter-finals again."