8/24/12 8:31 PM | Johan Lindahl
Juan Martin Del Potro will roll the dice on his US Open as the Argentine tests a delicate left wrist in his opening-round match with compatriot and noted tennis strongman David Nalbandian.
For Del Potro, 2009 winner of the New York major, the test will be a big gamble, but one he plans to take after meeting with doctors.
The problem is not the same as the right wrist problem which required surgery and kept him away from tennis for almost a year in 2010. But Del Potro was worried enough about his latest niggle to head straight for the Mayo clinic in Minneapolis in the far north of the US after losing a Cincinnati semifinal last weekend to Novak Djokovic.
After consultation with his medical advisers, seventh seed Del Potro made the decision to give it a go at Flushing Meadows from Monday. That's after getting the good news that there are no ligament or tendon problems with his joint. "I believe I can play the US Open," he said on his Facebook page.
Wrist aside, Del Potro is moderately optimistic about his chances at the last major of the season amid a nearly year-long run of form from current tennis dominator Roger Federer, winner of a leading six ATP titles this season.
"I'm not eating too much burgers at the moment," Del Potro joked in Cincinnati. "I'm working very, very hard, and I know the physical is very important to play all the year healthy. I'm also working on my serve, forehands, volley. Sometimes I feel good and sometimes not too good. But anyway, you have to play during all the year."
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