When was the last time Juan Martin Del Potro lost a match in the month of July or August? The wiry, gentle giant from Argentina has won somewhere close to 30 straight matches during these two months, that after a very impressive win last night over Andy Roddick.
But today I think that run is coming to an end, Andy Murray gets him. Though DelPo is absolutely playing awesome, dominating tennis.
Last night the big guy again showcased his power game. And to echo what the guys on the tube said, it really is amazing just how calm the 20-year-old is when faced with pressure. DelPo doesn’t get down on himself, he just goes about his business pulverizing serves and forehands. And he hit a couple scorching backhands last night as well.
DelPo is becoming scary good!
The new No. 2 Murray though I think will mix it up just enough to keep DelPo off balance, much more so than Andy was able to do yesterday. Yes, Roddick’s added a lot of variety to his game, but Murray’s the king in that department. Against DelPo I like Murray to use the drop shot, the lob, the off speed, the kitchen sink, the marmalade off the top shelf, etc, to keep the Argy on his heels and out of his comfort zone. And I think with the quick turnaround of playing last night and having a 1:30pm start time under the sun today doesn’t help DelPo either. So it’s advantage Murray, and he wins in two tough sets.
In the bigger picture, I expect both these guys to be hanging around that final weekend at the US Open. It’s hard to think otherwise, and I’ll include Roddick in that group as well, although a lot will depend on seeding.
Will the current top four with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Murray and Novak Djokovic remain intact for seeding at the Open? If so that means DelPo and Roddick become very dangerous floaters who would not play each other until the semifinals, but could meet a Top 4 in the quarters. Something to consider.
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