Dzumhur vs. Del Potro
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 8, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Juan Martin Del Potro and Damir Dzumhur meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Madrid Masters.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a semifinals appearance in Miami and enters this tournament with a 21-4 record on the year. Del Potro is playing some of his best tennis in years, as the rest seems to be healthy and he’s hitting the ball with great force and confidence. Del Potro has been highly successful with his serve recently and has done just enough with his return to win 14 of his last 19 sets played. With three final appearances and two titles under his belt this year already, Del Potro has reminded the rest of the field that he’s a handful to deal with when healthy. Del Potro has lost in the second round of a Masters 1000 four times since 2016. Del Potro has won six of his last nine matches on clay court.
Damir Dzumhur is coming off a straight sets win over Julien Benneteau that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Dzumhur won 79 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Dzumhur cruised in his opening round victory, breaking four times and winning 67 percent of his overall service points. It was a much needed victory for somebody who has struggled on clay the last couple of years, and Dzumhur now hopes to make the third round of a Masters 1000 for the first time since Monte Carlo of 2016. Dzumhur has to play near perfect if he has a chance to win this match. Dzumhur has four career wins over top-10 players, but none of them have come this season. Dzumhur has split his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in Delray Beach of last year, a match Del Potro won in straight sets. The match took 32 games to be decided.
Dzumhur played well in the first round, but he’s struggled on clay in the past and is playing Del Potro, who is playing some of the best tennis of his life currently. Dzumhur is in over his head in this match.
Del Potro wins in straight sets.