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Juan Martin del Potro robbed while signing autograph in Paris

juan-martin-del-potroJuan Martin del Potro was robbed on Saturday while signing an autograph inside a Paris train station.

Del Potro was taking a train from Paris to London after playing in the Paris Masters, where he lost to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. According to USA Today, del Potro was inside the Paris’ Gare du Nord when he put down his suitcase to sign an autograph. His suitcase was stolen as he was signing.

“I was finishing the check-in and was asked for an autograph,” del Potro said in a statement, per USA Today “I turned around to sign it and within 20 seconds, it was stolen.”

Does that sound like a setup to you?

What really stinks is that del Potro lost some valuable belongings. He was robbed of his passport, money and more. The most important item he lost was a rosary blessed by Pope Francis, whom he met earlier this year. Del Potro said the rosary is what’s important to him, not the other stuff.

Del Potro is ranked No. 5 in the world and has won four tournaments this year.

Thanks to LBS contributor Gene for the tip

Roger Federer believes Juan Martin del Potro can be No. 1 in world

juan-martin-del-potroThe highest world ranking Juan Martin del Potro has achieved is No. 4, but tennis legend Roger Federer believes the Argentine can eventually become No. 1.

Federer made his comments while he was in South America during the week for two exhibition matches against del Potro in Buenos Aires.

“He is already among the best, now he just has to train hard and stay on the same path,” Federer said. “He was No. 4, he’s now 7, but he could be No. 1. Sometimes the difference is in the small details.”

Federer is 13-4 in his career against del Potro, but one of the losses came in the finals of the 2009 US Open to give the Argentine his only grand slam. In that tournament, Del Potro became the first player to ever beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same grand slam event. Del Potro has beaten Federer the last two times they’ve met — including at the finals of the Swiss Indoors — though Federer beat the Argentine at the Olympics.

The truth is del Potro seemed headed to the top of the world rankings until a wrist injury derailed his career in 2010. After missing nearly the entire season, del Potro plummeted in the world rankings. He had a slow 2011 season as he came back, but he began looking much better in 2012. He reached the quarterfinals of three of the four grand slams.

Few doubt that del Potro has the game to win majors and to possibly achieve the No. 1 ranking the way Federer believes. We just saw Andy Murray have a major breakthrough in 2012, so we know it’s possible for something like that to happen.