After 18 months out of tennis with a knee injury, former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro is hoping for a last tennis comeback at the Tokyo Olympics next summer.

The injury-prone Argentine last competed on the ATP in June, 2019, handing in a second-round injury walkover to Feliciano Lopez.

Since then, another surgery and the same dreary rounds of rehab have been the daily regime of the one-time ATP No. 3.

“The reality is that it is taking me a lot to go back,” he told ESPN. “I can’t hide that. I still keep going because of the desire I have to play.

“I have been fighting with my knee, but I feel that my career is not over, I’m not close to that yet.”

The South American with 22 career titles is driven by the dream of competing in Tokyo after the Games were postponed this summer due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“I want to be in the Olympics, that keeps me looking forward to it,’ the 2016 silver medalist said. “Due to the damn pandemic they were postponed until next year, but I will continue fighting.

“I think it would be a prize to represent Argentina once more. I’m going to give myself (one) more time, until the Olympic Games.

“I love tennis and I want to meet again with all the people who helped me in my career, and I want to do it from inside the court, not outside. That is my natural place.”

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