Nicolas Almagro

Del Potro consoles injured foe, doing 'what my heart feels'

Juan Martin del Potro quickly went from fierce competitor to friendly consoler at the French Open, showing deep reserves of compassion for an opponent who had to stop playing their second-round match because of a knee injury.

Del Potro's own career has been a series of stops and starts because of a series of wrist operations since he won the 2009 U.S. Open. The 29th-seeded Argentine said that helped him empathize with the plight of Nicolas Almagro, who dropped to the clay court, bawling, early in the third set Thursday.

"I hope he's feeling better. I know how sad (he) could feel ... after an injury, because I had a lot," del Potro said. "I wish all the best to...