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Juan Martin del Potro says he is in the form of his life and will soon be challenging the world’s best if he continues to improve.
The Argentine ace showed what a quality player he is when defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters before eventually losing in the final to Novak Djokovic.
However, del Potro took plenty of confidence from the tournament and is just delighted to be back in action following a lengthy spell out with a wrist injury.
“I couldn’t win a Grand Slam [title] like I did in 2009 [at the US Open], but I reached finals in the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000s. I have already won three tournaments [and] I beat the top guys, which is fantastic for me,” he told the ATP Tour website.
“I think I’m playing even better than 2009 or 2008 or last year. That’s important [and] a good thing for the future. I still have the same goal, which is [to] get closer to the top guys. If I still work like this, I hope I can be there one day.”
Del Potro will get another chance to shine against the top players at the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals in London and he is looking forward to seeing what he can do.
“I’m so excited to be there. I said before, it’s a fantastic tournament. I’m going to be part of eight players fighting for the same goal. I think it’s like a gift for me because I did so well this season,” he added.
“I think it’s a big chance to close a fantastic year.”