6/6/12 3:39 PM | Johan Lindahl
After losing a five-set marathon to Roger Federer in the French Open quarterfinals, Juan Martin Del Potro must now work for fitness in time to make his proposed grass-court start next week at Queen's Club, London.
It's been a tough clay campaign for the world No. 9 Argentine, who has played almost straight through since early May. But the left knee which has been bothering him during much of that time, has not gotten better.
While he didn't want to use it as an excuse for his fifth loss this season to Federer, Del Potro was visited twice by the doctor during the match and given some tablets.
He said that his first priority is to rest, but he is keen to be ready for the London start. "I would love to play Queen's, I'm supposed to play Queen's."
Del Potro made a late clay start only a month ago but has played almost straight through, winning his first event at Estoril and reaching the Madrid semifinals before exiting Rome in the third round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. "After Estoril, I continued playing many matches. I think I'm one of the players who played the largest number of matches this year.
"I'm feeling it a bit right now, but I really want to start playing on grass. I want to raise my level on grass. Wimbledon and the Olympic Games are great motivations for me to continue to work."
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