Juan Martin Del Potro has admitted that he was scared when he fell during his quarter-final clash with David Ferrer.
Del Potro appeared to fall very awkwardly against Ferrer and damage an already bandaged knee – after he also fell chasing a drop-shot from Grega Zemjla in the previous round – in the first game of his quarter-final match up.
But, after initial fears that he would have to retire, the tall Argentine battled through and ended up winning the match in straight sets to set up a semi-final match with Novak Djokovic later today.
"I don't try to be a spectacular fall, but was really painful for me. I was scared because I did the same thing four days ago. I know how tough is play with some pains on the knee," Del Potro said.
"To be honest, I didn't want to retire in quarters for first time at the Wimbledon against David Ferrer.
"And that's the reason for continuing to play. The doctors gave me good anti-inflammatories. Then I played with confidence and was careful all the time with my movements. But in the end I did 100% and I'm so glad to go through."
Del Potro would go into today’s semi final against Djokovic as the underdog, even without the injury, and he has admitted that he will have to play at ‘110%’ to beat the Serb.
But, it is far from a foregone conclusion. Del Potro has been hitting the ball as sweetly as anybody so far during the championships so far and certainly has the power to trouble the number one seed ahead of what looks to be a very exciting encounter.
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