Juan-Martin Del Potro vs. Laslo Djere
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Juan-Martin Del Potro and Laslo Djere meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Juan-Martin Del Potro will play his first match since the quarterfinals of Delray Beach, and while he’s been gone for a while, he’s won 13 of his last 17 matches overall. The last time we saw Del Potro, he was hitting 16 aces and winning 81 percent of his first serve points. He certainly wasn’t terrible, but it’s quite clear Del Potro is still battling issues from his knee injury and making his return to clay will probably be better for his recovery. When healthy, Del Potro is an obvious dark horse to make a run at the title, but this match early will tell how he’s feeling. Del Potro hasn’t lost the opening match of a tournament since Shanghai of 2016. Del Potro has won seven of his last 10 matches on clay court.
Laslo Djere is coming off a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Djere won 78 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Djere won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 12 break points. Djere can do a better job of getting his first serves in play, but he was consistent in his opener and faced only two break points. Djere is quietly putting together a nice winning stretch. Djere has one career win over a top-10 player, which came this year in the Rio Open. Djere has a chance to win two matches in a tournament for the fourth time in his last seven tries. Djere has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Djere is a live pick here based on him having matches and success under his belt, while Del Potro is returning after a couple of months off. Rust usually plays a factor in these sort of things, but I’m still siding with the big man. Djere may be a top-40 player in the world right now, but he hasn’t exactly beaten up on the big boys, and even with much time off, Del Potro is all business and usually can serve his way out of trouble even if not 100 percent.
There’s better betting options in these early rounds, but I give Del Potro the edge.