Del Potro vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Saturday June 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Murray -245 / Del Potro +205 -- Over/Under:
Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro meet in the third round of the 2017 French Open.
Andy Murray is coming off a four set win over Martin Klizan that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 79 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Murray was able to bounce back after dropping the first set and managed to win a fourth set tiebreak to avoid a marathon match. Murray did hit 41 winners in the second round victory and his serve is on point, so he's still in great shape to make a deep tournament run. Murray hasn’t lost before the fourth round of a grand slam since the 2010 US Open. Murray hasn't lost in the third round of the French Open since 2008. Murray has won six of his last nine matches on clay court.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a three set win over Nicolas Almagro that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Del Potro won 79 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Del Potro didn’t have to finish the match, as Almagro was forced to retire due to a knee injury, saving the Argentinian extra tennis considering the match was going at least four sets. Del Potro should like his chances given the rest advantage he has, and he's lost just 17 first serve points in his first two matches. Del Potro hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time since 2013. Del Potro hopes to make his third career French Open fourth round. Del Potro has won six of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played nine times in the past and Murray has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Davis Cup, a match Del Potro won in five sets. These two have split their two matches on clay.
Del Potro has a real chance to pull off the upset given the way he’s serving and the fact he already beat Murray in the last meeting. Also, not having to play a full second round match doesn't hurt. However, Murray doesn't have many early exits in grand slams and his defense will be key here. Make Del Potro hit as many balls as possible, and he'll eventually wear down and throw in some unforced errors that top tier players pounce on.
I like Murray to move onto the fourth round.