Del Potro needs to find his game soon
Former Grand Slam champion Juan Martin del Potro suffered a huge blow to his aspirations of joining the ATP elite quartet after being dumped out of the early rounds at Melbourne to France’s Jeremy Chardy.
With Rafael Nadal out injured and Del Potro in a favourable side of the draw, the Betfair tennis suggested the path was clear to reach at least the semi-finals.
The Argentine, who beat Adrian Mannarino and Benjamin Becker with ease to make the third round, crashed out 3-6 3-6 7-6 6-3 3-6 in a gruelling match on the Melbourne hard surface.
Had he won then a clash with Andy Murray in the quarters was on the cards – a match that fans on Betfair would have given Del Potro a good chance of winning given that Murray struggled in his third-round tie with Ricardas Berankis.