Also in 2018 Del Potro reached a career-high ranking at No.3 off the back of saving three Championship points to down Federer for his first ATP Masters title at Indian Wells. His Californian desert triumph was his 22nd and final career trophy, but he also thrived flying the flag of his nation.
The Argentine treated us to some blockbuster Olympic battles, prevailing past Djokovic for the London 2012 bronze medal and edging Nadal en route to silver success at Rio 2016.
Del Potro gained revenge over Murray from the Rio final medal match on Davis Cup duty later that season. He roared back to claim a five-hour thriller facing the Scot in Glasgow to help guide his country into the final.
Two blistering victories in the silverware showdown and Del Potro’s blue and white army were belting out “Ole, ole, ole, ole, Delpo… Delpo” as Davis Cup champions.
What raw power, what a champion, what memories.