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Too Soon to Major? A Look at the Rise of Juan Martin Del Potro

TOKYO - OCTOBER 06:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina attends a welcome reception on day two of the Rakuten Open Tennis tournament at Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba on October 6, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
Aaron KumarSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2009

One could not help but applaud the emphatic way in which the young Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro earned the first Grand Slam title of his career, last month at the US Open.

Del Potro beat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Roger Federer in the final to claim victory at Flushing Meadows. Del Potro is the first player to have beaten that illustrious duo in a Grand Slam event.

Del Potro is just 20 years old, and while he has been one of the most promising tennis players in the world for a considerable amount of time now, he has never won a masters 1000 event or even been in a Grand Slam final prior to the US Open.

While I have no doubt that Del Potro will go on to have a very suceesful career, one can't help but wonder if this triumph came a fraction too early for the Argentine.

It takes me back to the legendary Pete Sampras, who also won first major at the Open. Sampras was 19, and the American did not win another major until 1993. Sampras later said that if he could do it all again, he would have won his first major a bit later because the price to pay for having great weeks is having to back it up, and that is something that he was not ready for.

The big question is, is Del Potro? If you are a betting person then you would do well to back Del Potro to win another major next year.

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