Feliciano Lopez vs. Juan Martin Del Potro
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Argentine tennis superstar, Juan Martin Del Potro has made it into the second round of the 2019 ATP Queen’s Club Championship. Del Potro will play against Feliciano Lopez from Spain.
Feliciano Lopez battled for 3 sets in the previous sound to defeat Marton Fucsovics. Lopez lost the opening set but bounced back strongly to win the second and third sets. During the victory, Feliciano served extremely well. Lopez hit 14 aces which helped him win 76% of his service points. Lopez won 93% of his service games and 4 return games to secure the victory.
It has been a tough season for Feliciano Lopez although the commencement of grass court tennis should boost the Spaniard. Lopez has an outstanding record on grass as he has won 3 ATP titles on the surface. The Queen’s Club Championship is a very strong tournament for Feliciano Lopez as he won the title in 2017 and finished second in 2014.
Looking at his opponent, Juan Martin Del Potro, the Argentine superstar defeated Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Del Potro served strongly during the victory as he hit 11 aces and won 77% of his first serve points. Juan Martin Del Potro won all of his service games and 2 return games to ensure it was a simple victory.
Since returning from injury at the Madrid Masters, Juan Martin Del Potro has looked in good touch. Del Potro made the quarterfinals of the Italian Open and fourth round of the French Open. In his long career, Juan Martin Del Potro has never made the final of a grass court event which is very surprising as the Argentine has a win rate of over 70% on grass.
Juan Martin Del Potro and Feliciano Lopez have played each other 8 times in the past. Del Potro has won on 5 occasions while Lopez has won 3 times. The most recent match between these two players was last season at Wimbledon where Juan Martin Del Potro won in straight sets.
Feliciano Lopez is an outstanding grass court player but the Spaniard has not been at his best this season. In comparison, Del Potro has been in good form and he has all the ability to succeed on grass. Juan Martin Del Potro looked very impressive in the opening round and I see him being good enough to defeat Feliciano Lopez in this match.