Philipp Kohlschreiber

Juan Martin del Potro reaches deep inside to advance in U.S. Open

Juan Martin del Potro reaches deep inside to advance in U.S. Open

His face was paler than the white stripe on the Argentine flag. Juan Martin del Potro, beset by a fever for two days, looked as if he belonged in bed and not on a tennis court to face No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday night. His performance in the first two sets was ghastlier than his appearance: he won only three games and seemed in danger of collapsing in a sweaty heap at any second.

“I was trying to retire the match in the second set,” he said. “Then I saw the crowd waiting for more tennis.”

What could he do but oblige? Slowly, his fever tamed by medication he had taken during the first set and his spirits buoyed by the many Argentine...

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