Does Swiss law permit the suggestion that there is an Argentinian in the city of Basel who is more popular than the retired FC Basel midfield engine Matias Delgado? Yes, in tennis the right of free speech rules. Another man from the land of the Gauchos is Juan Martin Del Potro (photo), prominent professional with his racket and a cruel degree of misfortune with injuries. After two rounds, Del Potro, proud victor in Stockholm last week, bivouacked in Basel in the quarter final. His next opponent here on the river Rhine is a solid Spaniard, sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, not exactly an opponent made out of plywood. «Delpo», two-time Swiss Indoors champion, twice against Mr. Roger Federer by the way, is making efforts to capitalise on his good form in order to qualify for London, the ATP Tour’s final bouquet with the eight highest point scorers. Del Potro is also benefiting from fresh energy thanks to his new coach, Sebastian Prieto. The tennis men are frequently more independent than football players, whose helpers often have to tie their shoelaces for them. But psychology also plays its part on the court when a prompter’s attention is needed for the player’s tiring soul. Del Potro is no exception. At the end of the year, every tired tennis player’s spirit will finally crumble.