Juan Martin del Potro makes Wimbledon prediction
ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal are the favourites to win Wimbledon, but Juan Martin del Potro believes he is not far behind them.
Del Potro has had a very strong season as he won the Mexican Open before beating Federer to claim his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells.
The Argentine continued his impressive form at the Miami Open to reach the semi-finals, which is the same stage he lost to Rafael Nadal at the French Open earlier this month.
Del Potro has not participated in a grass ATP tournament ahead of Wimbledon but he still feels confident he can compete with both Federer and Nadal if he comes up against them.
The world No 4 has only previously reached the last four at best in London.
“Rafa on clay, and Roger on grass: it's the toughest challenge for all the players on tour," Del Potro told Tennis ChitChat.
"But I did well at the beginning of the season, and I know how close I am to them.
“But at the same time I feel very far."
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Del Potro has not won a Grand Slam title in nine years with his only success coming at the US Open.
Injuries have hampered the 29-year-old over recent years but he is finally rid of his old woes.
"I always try to stay positive during the games and I never give up during a match,” he added.
“Also when I was injured, I never give up doing all the treatments and that's helped me to keep fighting all the time."
Del Potro, unlike many South American players on tour, still resides in the country he was born.
And he thinks the travelling is one of the worst parts of being a top professional.
"We have many good things on tour, but living in Argentina you must travel a lot," Del Potro said.
"It is long flights to get everywhere - and maybe you have to be for one month, or one month and a half, far from your house or from your people, and that could be the worst part of the job."