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Juan Martin del Potro awaiting scan results after feeling 'intense pain' in right knee

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 12 Oct 2018
  • Del Potro retired with a right knee injury against Coric in Shanghai
  • The Argentine says he is waiting on the results of scans to determine how serious the injury is
Juan Martin del Potro (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro’s immediate playing future rests on the result of scans on his injured knee after the Argentine was forced to retire in the Shanghai Rolex Masters Round of 16 on Thursday night.

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Attempting to chase down a drop shot by Borna Coric in their Round of 16 duel, del Potro twisted his knee and ‘felt intense pain’ as he collapsed to the ground. The World No. 4 had a medical time-out and attempted to play on, but after dropping the first set 7-5, del Potro decided to call it a night and promptly retired.

Juan Martin del Potro (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
“During the match I had a bad fall. I made a weird movement with the knee and hit the floor very hard. I felt intense pain,” del Potro said after the match. “After, I lost the stability and strength on my leg, so not to continue was the best decision. I didn’t want any more risks after that.
“The doctor observed me and told that we need to wait for the examinations results in a few hours. Then we will know how bad it was and how to proceed for the next tournaments.”

Set to compete at the Nitto ATP Finals in London at the end of the season for the first time since 2013, it would be hugely disappointing if del Potro missed the prestigious tournament or entered it without full fitness.

Del Potro is also scheduled to compete at the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors in Basel and the Rolex Paris Masters before London.

The 30-year-old is currently enjoying the most consistent season of his career, finishing runner-up at the U.S. Open, winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells and also picking up the ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano Telcel silverware in Acapulco, along with making the French Open semi-finals and the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 3 as a result in August.

Del Potro is also in with an outside chance of finishing 2018 as the World No. 1, but he would need to be cleared of serious injury right away, play - and be successful in - his planned schedule in the lead-up to London and hope the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer don’t win big titles.


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Juan Martin del Potro awaiting scan results after feeling 'intense pain' in right knee

Juan Martin del Potro’s immediate playing future rests on the result of scans on his injured knee after the Argentine was forced to retire in the Shanghai Rolex Masters Round of 16 on Thursday night.

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