Four years ago, Juan Martin del Potro would go on to create history after becoming the first Argentine tennis player to win at the US Open since 1977.

However, after that he would fall back down the rankings again due to a wrist injury he picked up at the start of the 2010 season which forced him out of action for eight months. Consequently, his ranking fell to 258, however recently he has come back into the spotlight, making headlines in various places around the world.

Del Potro started off the year with a win in his second tournament in Rotterdam where he beat the Frenchman Julien Benneteau 7-6, 6-3. His next triumph would come in Indian Wells where he would beat two top three players in Novak Djokovic and Andfy Murray. This proves that he has what it takes to compete with people at the top of the sport.

He would soon rise to the spotlight again when he progressed to the semi-finals of Wimbledon, eventually losing to Djokovic in an epic five-setter which would last an incredible 4 hours and 43 minutes - the final score ending up as 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 3-6.

This showed that the 25 year-old can perform on a big stage on centre court at Wimbledon. The next month he would be out again in Washington where he kept up his positive momentum, winning the tournament and only losing one set in the final to the big serving John Isner.

Del Potro's huge efforts in both Wimbledon and Washington showed when he flopped out of the Canadian Masters 1000 event in the second round to the big-hitting Milos Raonic 7-5 6-4.

However, the Argentine came back stronger next week in the Cincinnati Masters, getting to the semi-finals only to be upset by the superb form of Isner who took his revenge for his loss to in the final in Washington.

However, going into his most important tournament of the year in New York his form seemed to disappear, losing to the former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in another tantalising five-set match which pushed them both to their limits. Perhaps this shows that the Tandil native needs to work on his form going into big tournaments such as Flushing Meadows. 

Del Potro's most recent title came in Tokyo, where he showed why he deserved to win the US Open with some incredible shot-making and rallies which saw him come out on top.

Arguably his most impressive match of this year was a couple of weeks ago in Shanghai, where he took on the new world number one Rafael Nadal and beat him in straight sets 6-2 6-4.

At the moment, he is competing for a place in this years ATP World Tour Finals in London and it's looking good or him as he's currently ranked fifth which should secure him a place amongst the elite for the final tournament of the year.  

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