• Messi loses out to Del Potro in Argentina


    BUENOS AIRES: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi may have been crowned world footballer of the year four times, but in his native Argentina it’s tennis giant Juan Martin del Potro who is top dog. World number five Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, edged out Messi to claim Argentina’s Sportsman of the Year award at the Sporto Argentino Festival. Del Potro won four titles in 2013 and was runner-up at the Indian Wells and Shanghai Masters. He also made the semifinals at Wimbledon, losing a five-set epic to Novak Djokovic in the longest men’s last-four clash in the history of the tournament.


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