Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Juan Martin Del Potro
|Date & Time||Thursday May 30, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
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The number 8 seed, Juan Martin Del Potro has made it into the second round of the 2019 French Open. At this stage of the tournament, Del Potro will play against Yoshihito Nishioka from Japan.
Yoshihito Nishioka had a tough opening round match where he defeated Mackenzie Mcdonald in 5 sets. During the win, Nishioka served very strongly as the Japanese player won 69% of his service points. Nishioka won 87% of his service games and 8 return games to win a close contest. It has been a tough 2019 season for Yoshihito Nishioka as he has only made one quarterfinal appearance all season. Nishioka looked relatively low on confidence during the opening round match and I see him facing big problems in this match.
On the other side of the coin, Juan Martin Del Potro had a solid win in the opening round. It was a rusty start for Del Potro as he lost the opening set but the Argentine found his straps in the second set as he finished the job in 4 sets. During the win, Juan Martin Del Potro served exceptionally well. Del Potro won almost 80% of his service points which allowed him to not lost a service game in the final 3 sets. Roland Garros has been a solid venue for Del Potro and he has a good record as he made the semifinals last season and in 2009. Fitness has been the only issue with Juan Martin Del Potro in 2019 but the Argentine is looking in decent shape which makes him a genuine contender to the title.
Yoshihito Nishioka and Juan Martin Del Potro have played each other once in the past. The match was played earlier in the season at ATP Delray Beach. Juan Martin Del Potro won the match in straight sets.
As far as this contest is concerned, I am going to pick Juan Martin Del Potro to win. Yoshihito Nishioka has had a decent tournament but the Japanese player is not at the level of the Argentine. Nishioka has not been at his best this season and he has already lost to Del Potro once in 2019. With all that in mind, I see Del Potro taking the win in straight sets.