Del Potro vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 14, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Djokovic -270 / Del Potro +240 -- Over/Under:
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Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro meet Tuesday in the round of 32 in the 2017 Indian Wells Masters.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Kyle Edmund that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 69 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic is still trying to find his elite form, as he’s been shaky dating back towards the end of last year and opponents are now heading into matches with more confidence than before. Yes, injuries have been an issue for Djokovic recently, but he’s not returning like he used to and his second serve can be inconsistent as well. However, Djokovic did look solid in his last match against a good opponent and is just one title run away from making everybody forget his past struggles. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a straight sets win over Federico Delbonis that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Del Potro won 70 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Del Potro is coming off a serving clinic in which he provided just three break chances and finished the match rather painlessly. Del Potro is off to a decent start to the 2017 season and seems to be recovering nicely from his past injuries. As long as Del Potro can limit his unforced errors and his wrist doesn’t have any flair ups, he’s capable of beating anybody on tour any given night. Del Potro has 40 career wins over top-10 players with six of them coming last year. Del Potro has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
These two have played 16 times in the past and Djokovic has won 12 of those meetings. The most recent match was in Acapulco of this year, a match Djokovic won in three sets. However, Del Potro has won two of the last six matches against Djokovic.
Del Potro actually has some solid success against Djokovic and just took him to three long sets in their last event. This match is likely going to be another back-and-forth with the margin of error being slim, but you have to give the edge to Djokovic. His returns are sharper and it’s just a matter of time before he breaks out of this funk. Djokovic is also the three-time defending champion at this event.
Djokovic gets the victory.