World number seven Juan Martin del Potro believes he is ready to challenge the higher-ranked players and close the gap at the top of the standings – if he can be consistent.   

Del Potro’s only major win to-date was the US Open in 2009, when the Argentine produced a stunning performance to beat Roger Federer in five sets at Flushing Meadows.

He hasn't been able to repeat his best form however, and was knocked out of this year’s Wimbledon by world number 1 Novak Djokovic at the semi-final stage.

The 24-year-old knows he must become more consistent if he wants to compete for the major titles with the ‘big four’ of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. 

“That’s my biggest challenge for the next year. The top guys are so good. The top four have a big difference to the rest of the players. I have to do well in the big tournaments to get close, but that’s not easy,” revealed Del Potro

“They are much better than the rest of the players. I know the way to beat the top guys, buts it’s not easy. I believe in my game, but sometimes its not enough.”

The Argentine has been out of action since his semi-final defeat to Djokovic, but is set to return as the number one seed at the Citi Open in Washington this week, in preparation for another crack at the US Open in August.  



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