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Del Potro confirms French Open participation, Roddick doubtful for Roland Garros

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del_potroFormer US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro is all set to participate in this year's French Open after recovering just in time from his hip injury. The former world no.4 has been plagued by injuries since his breakthrough season in 2009, when he beat Roger Federer in a thrilling final at Flushing Meadows to capture his maiden Grand Slam title.

The world no.27, then missed most of the 2010 season with a wrist injury only to return after a nine month lay-off in October last year and since have been trying to regain the form which once made him a Grand Slam champion. However, injuries have continued to trouble the 2009 French Open semi-finalist as he has been unable to keep his body fit and had to retire ahead of his third round duel against world no.1 Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters just two weeks ago.

Though the injury was not the same, as it was his hip which was paining this time, Del Potro claimed that he would consider himself lucky if he was able to make it to Paris. The injury actually surfaced during his title triumph at Estoril in April, but the real extent of the problem only became visible a week later when he took to the courts in the Spanish capital. Although he cruised through the early rounds, he had to withdraw due to unbearable pain in his left hip ahead of his showdown with Nadal.

Del Potro credited the hard work he put in the gym for his speedy recovery. The Argentine tweeted on Tuesday: "With great effort. See you in Paris. Greetings to all and thanks for your messages."

The world no.27 is yet to be beaten on a clay court this season and will fancy his chances of making the second week at Roland Garros.

However, another former US Open champion Andy Roddick's chances of participating in the tournament looked rather bleak as he had to pull out of the Nice Open with a troubled shoulder and it seems highly unlikely that he would be fit in time for Paris. The American has been out of form for the past 2 months and has lost his last four matches and an injury is unlikely to help his situation.

The former world.1 said: “Obviously the situation is not perfect for Roland Garros. I still have a couple of days for something to get better. “You have to be 100 percent to play in a Grand Slam. It's running a big risk playing on an unhealthy shoulder with Roland Garros round the corner and Wimbledon shortly afterwards. It's been a tough year — one thing after another for over 12 months now.”

Roddick has never gone past the fourth round at Roland Garros, struggling to compete on the red clay. However, despite his poor form, a Grand Slam wouldn't be quite the same without him.

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