The Delpo-hug worked its magic at the end of the second round, in the 2019 French Open, between Juan Martin Del Potro and – the super swift Japanese – Yoshihito Nishioka.
Juan Martin del Potro survived a tough five setter in the second round.
Juan Martin del Potro and Nishioka went head-to-head for five sets and were at it for over 3 hours and forty-five minutes. Yoshihito is one of the quicker guys on the circuit and a good ball striker to boot. Del Potro, the two time Roland Garros semifinalist, acknowledged his opponent’s pluck and skills in the post match interview. “He’s a tough one, for sure. ‘He has fantastic physical conditions. ‘He’s very, very fast and very solid from the baseline. ‘It was a tough match [with] long rallies, long points. ‘We made a great match, and in the end I think I played a little bit better than him.”
The respectful bromance and the Delpo-hug.
Del Potro punctuated his win by crossing over the net and gave Nishioka the trademark Delpo-hug. The post match display of respectful and friendly bromance was enjoyed by the fans, and showcased the likable and loving side of the tower of Tandil.
Respect between two great players 😍
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