Del Potro: 'The Chance To Play Well Is Very Big'
Argentine will meet Shapovalov in first round at The Queen's Club
The switch from clay to grass can provide players with a difficult challenge in a crucial part of the ATP Tour season, but Juan Martin del Potro is relishing the opportunity to adapt his game and achieve success ahead of the Fever-Tree Championships.
"I like the surface because my game can adapt really well," said Del Potro. "I love the faster points, the aggressive game and I like to move on grass as well. The chance to play well is very big."
Del Potro will need to find his feet on grass quickly if he is to advance beyond the first round at the ATP 500 event. The third seed will meet #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov for the third time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (1-1) in his opening match.
The 6'6" right-hander is making his first appearance at the grass-court tournament since 2016, following his fourth-round exit against Karen Khachanov at Roland Garros. Del Potro owns a 5-4 record at The Queen's Club, highlighted by his run to the quarter-finals in 2013 (l. to Hewitt).
"I love this tournament," said Del Potro. "Unfortunately, I couldn't play these past few years but this time is a different moment for me. I want to be ready for Wimbledon and this tournament is a special one, so I am very excited to be here."
Del Potro also shared a positive update on his recovery from the right knee injury which forced him to make only one appearance on the ATP Tour between the Rolex Shanghai Masters in October 2018 and the Mutua Madrid Open last month.
"I think I am getting better after my knee injury," said Del Potro. "I played well in Paris and now we move to a different surface, which I like. This tournament is also a good preparation to see how my body is, and my tennis level, also, and I think I will be fine."