Juan Martin Del Potro is a top ten player. He's won the 2009 US Open. He is a guy that gives top players such as Federer trouble. And quite frankly, Del Potro is probably the hardest striker on tour.
This is all true. However, he has struggled against Federer during their recent encounters. That didn't stop him from nearly taking the 16-time Grand Slam champ to the exits in their quarterfinal match, though.
The young Argentine was absolutely killing the ball in the first two sets. He was able to get some quick break points and take control of the match.
Del Potro was able to win the first two sets, and it looked like Federer was going home with another disappointing French Open. But Federer he has the heart of a champion.
Federer rallied back from two sets down to win 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3. Del Potro looked to be tired as he called for the trainer at a point in the match. Federer took advantage of the extra rest this break gave him, and cruised after the first two sets.
This left fans scratching their heads. It wouldn't be a complete upset if Del Potro prevailed, but Federer looked out of it early. Roger's first serve percentage struggled in the first set, and things didn't look good.
It was unusual seeing a guy like Del Potro getting a bagel in the fourth set as well. That doesn't happen often.
At the end of the day, the third-seed got over the hump and advanced to his record-tying 31st Grand Slam semi.
It was the seventh straight victory for Federer over Del Potro since their 2009 US Open final.