Having started playing tennis at the age of seven, del Potro won his first senior match in 2004 at the age of 15. In 2008, he became the first player in ATP history to win his first four career titles in as many tournaments. He also completed the second-longest winning streak in 2008, and the second longest by a teenager in the Open Era, behind Rafael Nadal—with his winning sequence spanning 23 matches over five tournaments.
Del Potro captured his first Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open, defeating Nadal in the semifinal and Roger Federer in the final—the first man to defeat them both in the same Grand Slam tournament. Del Potro is one of only three players other than the Big Four to have won a men's Grand Slam singles title since 2005, the others being Stanislas Wawrinka and Marat Safin. He became the second Argentine and the fifth-youngest man to win the US Open title in the Open Era. Del Potro also won the bronze medal in men's singles at the London Olympics in 2012.
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