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Potro Keeping Fingers Crossed For Melbourne Return

Potro Keeping Fingers Crossed For Melbourne Return

Juan Martin del Potro says his recovery from a knee injury is progressing well but remains unsure about playing at the Australian Open.

The world No.5’s career has been blighted by injuries, missing significant spells previously due to wrist issues, and he says he is gotten used to the recovery process.

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The Argentine had to cut short his 2018 season after fracturing his kneecap playing at the Shanghai Masters in October and is now facing a race against time to be cleared to play at the first Grand Slam of 2019, the Australian Open, which gets underway in January.

Del Potro says he is back in training and is making forward progress in his recovery but stopped short of stating whether or not he would definitely be in Melbourne in the New Year.

When asked about playing at the Australian Open, Del Potro replied: “I am excited and will do everything I can. To think I was No. 3 in the world at 30, and then I had stupidly had the fracture.

“At the height of my career, prior to the injuries, I never thought I could break the barrier of [Roger] Federer, [Rafael] Nadal, [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray, and now I did it with everything that happened.”

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