Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Juan Martin del Potro
|Date & Time||Sunday October 7, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Juan Martin del Potro will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final of the 2018 ATP China Open in Beijing.
Juan Martin del Potro made it into the final after his opponent, Fabio Fognini, withdrew from the semifinal due to injury. It has been a good tournament for Juan Martin del Potro as he has won all of his matches in straight sets. The Argentine has served exceptionally well as Juan Martin del Potro has only lost 1 service game in the entire tournament. Juan Martin del Potro has an exceptional record in Asia as he has made the finals of the Shanghai Masters while also winning the Japan Open. It has been a really good few months for Juan Martin del Potro as he made the final of the US Open and Los Cabos Open. With such a strong recent run and an incredible record in Asia, Juan Martin del Potro will be very hard to stop.
On the other side of the court, Nikoloz Basilashvili has continued his good form. Nikoloz Basilashvili played well at the US Open and ATP Moselle Open and has remained playing good tennis at this tournament. That being said, this is only the third time that Nikoloz Basilashvili has made the final of an ATP event and with only 1 title win under his belt, the Georgian will be at a disadvantage.
Nikoloz Basilashvili and Juan Martin del Potro have met once in the past where the Argentine in three sets. That victory for Juan Martin del Potro was at the Shanghai Masters in 2017.
While it has been impressive to see Nikoloz Basilashvili continue his winning ways, I see him losing this match. Juan Martin del Potro is in better form, is higher ranked and has much more experience in finals than Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Taking everything into consideration, I am picking Juan Martin del Potro to win his 23rd ATP title.