Nadal, Del Potro Could Collide in Bangkok Quarterfinals
by Sean Randall | September 25th, 2010, 3:04 pm
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The last two US Open champions, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro, are seeded to meet in the Bangkok Open which begins on Monday.

In the draw, the No. 5 seed Del Potro opens against the foot-smaller Olivier Rochus, then plays the winner of a qualifier and Kukushkin.

The top-seeded Nadal gets a first round bye and then is assured of a qualifier in the second round on Thursday.

Again, it’s great to see Delpo back and hopefully 100% healthy after eight months off the tennis tour because of that wrist. And while Nadal should get out to the Friday quarterfinal, Delpo could have his hands full in a first-time, first round clash with the undersized and oft-underestimated Rochus.

As I said before, I can’t imagine Del Potro beating Nadal or winning tournaments just yet. For him it’s about getting matches and getting comfortable again playing pro tennis.

Fernando Verdasco, Ernests Gulbis and Jurgen Melzer are also seeded in the field.

The seeded quarterfinal pairings look like: Nadal v. Del Potro, Gulbis v. Berrer, Troicki v. Melzer and De Bakker v. Vedasco.

Also, the Metz final is set with Gilles Simon facing Mischa Zverev. Simon, who’s coming on of late, dispatched Phil Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2. Zverez earned a walkover when Richard Gasquet withdrew due to a fever.

In Bucharest, Pablo Andujar and Juan Ignacia Chela will battle for the final clay title of the season. Chela beat Albert Montanes, Andujar was victorious over Marcel Granollers.


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10 Comments for Nadal, Del Potro Could Collide in Bangkok Quarterfinals

pro rafa Says:

Delpo’s BACK!!!! finallyyyy
He’ll obviously be a bit rusty in his first match but i hope he can make the quarters to face rafa… gonna be an interesting match
Vamos Rafa
Great to have u back Delpo


Anna Says:

He looks really happy to be back. Tweeted that he didn’t think he was up to Rafa’s level just yet, but was happy to be playing. Hope all goes well for him.


zola Says:

I don’t think Delpo would be very competetive in his first come back tournament. It will take a while. So I am afraid if Rafa and Delpo meet it may not be the match of the year!


zinaldo Says:

I hope he can get as many matches as he needs and if he does meet rafa then i am sure he would just try and do what he does best and if it doesn’t work then he would have tried his best.

I think nadal needs this more than juan martin which is why he is here to test his new game against del potro but also the appearance fees help.


zola Says:

zinaldo,

Rafa doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. He has won three GSs just this year. This will not be a “test” against Delpotro because anyone who has played or watched tennis knows that it is unrealistic to expect much from someone who is just coming after a long break due to injury. Look at Nalbandian, Sharapova, Hewitt, Tsonga,…

Rafa had promised to be in Thailand for the past three years and each year he had to pass because of injuries. So appearance fee is not his ultimate goal! This year he is healthier and can fulfill that promise.


guy Says:

rochus is in form, pretty good performance in davis cup.


Fot Says:

This is Rafa’s tournament to win, but even if he doesn’t – like Zola said – he has nothing to prove this year. He has #1 locked up; has 3 slams…anything else this year is just ‘gravy’.

I don’t expect Del Potro to do much in this tournament after being out all year. He would surprise me if he did.


steve Says:

This should be a good one. Does anybody know which quarterfinal this would be? Are they playing at 12 or 19?

I would like to get tickets for that one as I am in BKK at the moment

Thanks


zola Says:

Steve,
I would buy tickets for both times, but my guess is they would have a match like that at night.

Good luck and have fun.


SG Says:

zola Says:
I don’t think Delpo would be very competetive in his first come back tournament. It will take a while. So I am afraid if Rafa and Delpo meet it may not be the match of the year!

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I agree. Only some really big serving by DelPo would keep this one interesting. Rafa is just too hot right now. I don’t even see DelPo getting that far. I think he loses early.

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