I think there's a reasonable comparison to be made between these two.
Both are 6"6 or thereabouts and both extremely solid and technically
sound ball strikers.
Clearly Todd's serve and net play were much, much better than what Del
Potro's are now, but considering Juan's just 19 years old, with a lot
of work and good coaching I can't see any reason why he can't catch
up in those areas.
In Hops' survey, I've picked Del Potro to win a few Slams - four to be
exact - and my reasoning is this:
he can be just as good as Martin, but with two advantages: Todd had
the horrendously bad fortune of playing
two of the greats of the Open Era in his two Slam finals. I'm guessing
Del Potro can have better luck. Secondly, I like Del Potro's attitude
better. He seems like a guy who's got more of a killer instinct,
someone who looks like he's out to get his share of what the tennis
world has to offer him. Todd was basically the ATP's resident
intellectual, a Northwestern grad who wanted most to be a college
professor. Obviously the low point of his career was that loss in the
semis of W to Washington. I remember my dad said about that match that
"it looked like he was just waiting around for something bad to
happen." If Del P has more of a carpe diem mentality and avoids
playing all-time greats in Slam finals, I think he'll end up with the