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Future looks bright for ace Del Potro

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO has been touted as a future world No1 following his epic US Open victory on Monday night.<br /><br />The 20-year-old Argentine claimed his maiden Grand Slam after completing an 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 win over top seed Roger Federer in a four-hour slugfest at Flushing Meadows.<br /><br />The result ended Federer&rsquo;s record-breaking five-year reign in the New York event and propelled Del Potro up to a career-high fifth in the world rankings. Some experts believe the 6ft 6in powerhouse has the all-round game to challenge Federer&rsquo;s standing as the planet&rsquo;s best player, but Del Potro is keeping his sizeable feet firmly on the ground.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have many things to improve to be better,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I would like to be top four, top three or top one in the future. But I have to play like today many, many weeks in the year.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have the shape to do that but maybe if I&rsquo;m still working and still going in the same way, maybe in the future I can.&rdquo; Victory sees Del Potro leapfrog Andy Roddick in the world rankings, while his semi-final opponent, Rafael Nadal, reclaimed the No2 spot from British No1 Andy Murray.<br /><br />Del Potro becomes the only player to have beaten both Federer and Nadal in a Grand Slam and Federer wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see the gritty Argentine make his mark again.<br /><br />&ldquo;Rafa and I have had some epic ones over the years,&rdquo; said Federer who missed out on a 16th Grand Slam. &ldquo;Who knows, maybe Del Potro is going to join this as well.&rdquo; <br /><br /><strong>ATP RANKINGS </strong> TOP EIGHT<br /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Player&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Points&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pos Moved<br /><br />1&nbsp; Roger Federer (Swi)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11,240&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0<br />2&nbsp; Rafael Nadal (Spa)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8,845&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1<br />3&nbsp; Andy Murray (GBR)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8,390&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -1<br />4&nbsp; Novak Djokovic (Ser)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7,480&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0<br />5&nbsp; J-M Del Potro (Arg)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6,825&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; +1<br />6&nbsp; Andy Roddick (USA)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5,310&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -1<br />7&nbsp; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 3,950&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0<br />8&nbsp; Nikolai Davydenko (Rus)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3,535&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0<br />