Del Potro fractures kneecap, likely to end season early

New Delhi: World number four Juan Martin del Potro suffered a fracture on right kneecap due to which he is likely to end his 2018 season early.

The 30-year-old sustained the injury following a fall during his pre-quarters clash against Croatian Borna Coric at the recently-concluded Shanghai Masters.

The Argentinean said that it is a hard blow for him, adding, that it would be difficult for him to recover. “It’s a very difficult moment, I feel very sad. It’s a hard blow that leaves me without strength. It’s very difficult for me to think about recovery again, I did not expect this to happen,” ATP quoted Del Potro, as saying.

Last month, del Potro had reached the final of the 2018 US Open where he was toppled by Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.