10/26/12 3:20 PM | Johan Lindahl
Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro is celebrating his 2012 season by reaching the year-end final after a victory in Vienna following a wrist injury layoff of one month this autumn.
But even as the South American booked into the seventh spot at the World Tour Finals field, his thoughts were with injured Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who withdrew a few hours earlier with continuing knee problems to open the door for Del Potro.
Del Potro knows exactly where the Spaniard is coming from after sitting out much of 2010 to heal after wrist surgery. "We miss Rafa a lot on the Tour. He is one of the best players in history; he will come back strong. I'm sure it will be very soon. He will be ready to win a big event again.
"I know that he can play better than me when he makes his comeback. I wish all the best to him. I'm sad for Rafa, he's really trying in his comeback. But it's not easy after such a long time away. I had the same feeling with my wrist."
Del Potro's entry still means two more players can qualify into the eight-man field for the season wrap-up, which starts a week from Monday in London.
Trailing behind are injured rivals Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Serb Janko Tipsarevic, both of whom lost early this week and need to recover next week at the Paris Masters to claim their spots.
Find the latest tennis odds at Unibet.com
Scan QR code to access Unibet mobile.
Bet on Sports wherever you are and whenever you like, with Unibet's quick and simple mobile client you can place bets, check results and see live odds.
For more info about QR codes & scanners click here.