Del Potro Outlasts Raonic In Miami QF Thriller, Win Streak At 15; Zverev v Coric Thurs
by Staff | March 29th, 2018, 1:21 am
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Juan Martin del Potro upped his win streak to 15 Wednesday night, but he did it the hard way. In a rematch of a 1-sided Indian Wells semifinal, this time Milos Raonic came to play.

The Canadian had not been broken all tournament and early on kept the serve humming and sealed the first after breaking del Potro.

Milos continued to hold serve in the second but fell apart in the breaker 7-1.

Remarkably, after just one break in the first two sets, a flurry of breaks began the third. Three straight in fact before things settled down. But once again, in the breaker, it was del Potro who proved the stronger player and after a 2-hours, 52-minute 5-7, 7-6(1), 7-6(3) battle, it was the Argentine into his second Miami semifinal, and first since 2009.

“It was great tennis and a battle,” said del Potro. “We both enjoyed the game and the crowd were amazing, making for an incredible atmosphere on court. I’m so glad to still be alive and reach the semifinals.

“I always think this may be my last match, so I put in a lot of effort to give myself a chance to win,” he added. “I’m pleased with my level of tennis and all my success, but of course I’d like to reach the final.”

Del Potro will have the day off Thursday before returning Friday afternoon to take on a suddenly-in form John Isner.

The American big man routed Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung 6-1, 6-4 in just 69 minutes.

“I was in a good rhythm on the court. Obviously I was taking care of my serve, but I didn’t feel like today I needed to really red-line things out there and try to end the points so short. I felt like I could be patient from the baseline, because I was very happy with how I was playing and how I was moving,” Isner said.

“This is actually the best I’ve moved all year. That’s not working harder, or training harder off the court; that’s just from me being more confident on the court.”

Isner had just two match wins all season entering Miami, but has four already en route to his second Miami semifinal, and 11th at a Masters.

“It just goes to show that in tennis, in any sport really, you can appear to be down and out but if you keep the faith and keep plugging along and keep believing that good things are ahead, they’re actually going to come true, and that’s certainly been the case for me this week,” Isner said.

The 32-year-old though is down 6-3 in his series with del Potro but won their last meeting last fall in Paris.

“Del Potro is playing the best tennis in the world right now. I don’t think that can be argued,” Isner said looking ahead.

Before that match, two more quarterfinals will be played on Thursday.

Kevin Anderson will try to break an 0-9 Masters quarterfinal mark against Pablo Carreno Busta. Anderson has won all four meetings with the Spaniard including at the US Open semifinals and just two weeks ago at Indian Wells.

In the evening, it’s another US Open rematch as Alexander Zverev will try to earn his first victory over Borna Coric who has won both previous meetings against the German. Coric comes in off an Indian Wells semifinal while Zverev is into his second straight Miami quarterfinal.

All four quarterfinals Thursday are bidding to reach their first Miami semi.

THURSDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [13] S. Stephens (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [16] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [6] K. Anderson (RSA)

7:00 pm
ATP – [4] A. Zverev (GER) vs [29] B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [6] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] D. Collins (USA)


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88 Comments for Del Potro Outlasts Raonic In Miami QF Thriller, Win Streak At 15; Zverev v Coric Thurs

Giles Says:

Delpo involved in a 3 hr match! I can sense a wrist injury sooner or later.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/genny_ss/status/979287025517039617?s=21
No Rafa thread so I’ll post this here.
👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Well done Rafa!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I missed the final set, but through the first two, DelPotro was hitting more BH than FH, and (it seemed to me), the vast majority of those were two-handed flat or topspin.

He’s nailing the BH better than he has in 8 years. Through the latest comebacks, the BH has been the conspicuous missing link. The slice he’s learned is fantastic, but the fastest and smartest players, like Rafa and Novak, can adjust to that and hit back to it until an error is forced.

This has been whats kept him at that Ferrer-like level for the last couple years, able to beat most players, but not the elite. With the way he’s hitting that BH now, barring injury, he IS in the elite. he is a real Slam challenger.

He is really close to that level he had before The Problems, back in ’09, but now he also has the slice and a vastly improved net game.

In short, this is not an isolated hit-streak. He has the tools now that he did not have as recently as the USO.


LaTiNo Says:

I hope his stamina has also improved enough to survive these kind of long matches. The match against Isner though will probably consist of mainly short rallies, I guess that’s favorable.


Daniel Says:

TV,

His BH is holding up nice. Raonic was hitting a lot of inside out FH and DelPo was able to counter those deep.

With a day rest today, think he should be fine versus Isner, specialy as there will be less rallies and more 2 shots points.


Daniel Says:

If DelPo wins the title he will move to #3, which will be his highest career rank.


chofer Says:

Delpo is running on fumes since the first match here. I don’t believe he has anything left in the tank now.

He lost to Isner in the QFs of Paris last year when he can barely move. Should have he won that match, he would be in the top 10 again and into the Masters Cup. It stopped there.

Milos get the heck out of him. He always has problems reading his serve. If Isner serves like he did against Chung, I don’t believe he can’t survive again. Heck, I’m predicting a defeat since the second round. What do I know?

About the timeouts he takes and annoys most fans and (apparently) Goran Ivanisevic. After he lost his serve in the first set (he couldn’t put the first one in after he cruised with it for the first five games) he felt dizzy and call the doctor. The doctor was not in Crandon Park, so an official had to call him by phone. Played resumed, and after the first few games of the second set, the doctor appeared and gave him a painkiller (the third one he’s got in the tournament)

So, I can understand “his theatrics” annoys most, but he doesn’t infringe any rules. And the pain is REAL. I think he stopped because he felt choked and the rest… well he used it to vent some steam and frustration over the last game. It’s what he always does. You can view this as you want.

The crowd was vociferous and annoying at times. I like a PRO-active crowd as longs as they don’t shout before anyone is serving. I heard one spanish speaking spectator calling “idiot” to another during the strech of the third set. I’d probably did the same!

I wonder how many painkillers he’ll need for the next match. It’s not his wrist that are hurting. It’s all of his muscles and he repeatedly said in interviews that it’s because of the run he’s having and that he didn’t felt that way in a long time because he
wasn’t playing so many matches in row. And that this was “good pain”.

I think the run is over. He’s won with his head up to now. He wasn’t playing that good. That caught up with Roger in the F of Indian Wells, when he was irritated from point one to the last. He was visibly tired. He dragged Delpo into that irritation, while when in the same situation he usually use his “theatrics” instead of showing irritation. Different ways with coping with impotence.

They both can’t stand losing.


Markus Says:

Keeping my fingers crossed for del Potro.
Raonic lost but should be encouraged by his performances in his last 2 Masters 1000. Next time, I’ll root for him (unless it’s against Federer or del Potro).

The match was so close. I was wondering why Raonic did not play so well in the beginning of the second set when del Potro was having back pains and not serving particularly well. I figured it must be because all of a sudden, the pace of the balls from del Potro suddenly changed and it must be difficult to adjust so quickly. I now think that’s the reason why when one is injured, the uninjured seems to play poorly as well and not capitalize. The uninjured is taken out of his rhythm. Maybe.


Markus Says:

Keeping my fingers crossed for del Potro.
Raonic lost but should be encouraged by his performances in his last 2 Masters 1000. Next time, I’ll root for him (unless it’s against Federer or del Potro).

The match was so close. I was wondering why Raonic did not play so well in the beginning of the second set when del Potro was having back pains and not serving particularly well. I figured it must be because all of a sudden, the pace of the balls from del Potro suddenly changed and it must be difficult to adjust so quickly. I now think that’s the reason why when one is injured, the uninjured seems to play poorly as well and not capitalize. The uninjured is taken out of his rhythm. Maybe.


Daniel Says:

He is battle tested and more confident now chofer.
Plus he has a day rest today, than Isner than a day rest Saturday.

Still think DelPo is favorite over Isner, with his slices and moving the ball better. Raonic also returns way better than Isner and was on fire putting a lot of return back on court, Isner won’t / can’t do that.

But if DelPo loses first set he may be in trouble. He knows this is a huge oportunity and crowd will be divided, even with less Argentinean, they would make more noise neutralizing the Americans;-)


chofer Says:

The uninjured is taken out of his rhythm.

Markus, for sure!

But I disagree with the rest of the posters here about Delpo’s BH yesterday. The slice was floating too much (allowing Raonic to runaround his FH too many times!) and he only tried three (!!) down the liners in almost three hours. They all went outside. These are all signs of getting late to the ball. Of wornout. Federer experienced that at IW and the first round here: when he’s feeling fatigued, the amazing timeing is off and he starts shanking forehands and netting backhands he usually does. Doubles faults, too. Although he didn’t show signs of pain. But he keeps that “secret” better than Delpo.

I’m not confident in the match with Isner. Yesterday he played the worst match in a month. And Milos played well. But those slow backhands showed his feet wasn’t moving well at all.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Delpo need slicing better than yesterday to keep Isner from becoming aggressive. He wasn’t even lucid: He can slice down the line and he didn’t get into position to do it. It’s a venom slice for those who like to whack the FH (both Milos and Isner) All of his slices where high floating for Milos to invert easily! What kind of percentage play is that? Milos best shot, behind his serve, is his inverted FH, hands down! How many of those won yesterday? Delpo knew it, but he couldn’t try a slice down the line for a change, and his driving BHs lack speed (except, of course, in both TBS!) That’s a sign of fatigue to me if there ever was one.


Daniel Says:

We shaw see.

DelPo tends to always do a “walking dead” on court. Even last night looked he was toasted and than he made some amazing defensive points in third set, including an awesome on the run FH passing shot with curve.


Daniel Says:

chofer, he made some nasty slices. Yes, a few were defesnive ones but were deep, keeping raonic on the back of the court.

Sometimes when the camera show the player vantage point, we could see how flat DelPo hits, he lower a lot of shots to Raonic’s feet forcing him a bunch of volley errors (this is something Raonic has to improve on). DelPo has way more feel of the game than Raonic and Isner, knows to hit passing from both wings, lobs (he made a few ones also).

The only way he lsoes to Isner, as you pointed out is tiredness. Last year in Paris he was indeed spent trying to qualify and was knowhere near the level he is now plus the confidence and will to win. He is a champion and he wants this title badly.

Also, he played back to back days, on Tuesday and yesterday. A day rest will do him wonders.

Think the final versus Coric or Zverev is his most losable match, as those will keep returning everything.


chofer Says:

Daniel

I like your positivity!!:))

Funny thing: Did you notice Milos shouting to Goran: “don’t be so negative!” I think before the thir set TB? The camera was closing up to him. I’d never see him shouting at his coach ever!

And indeed, Goran was always a “negative” player. Self-doubting to the max. I wonder why Milos changes coaches on a regular basis:))

Re-slices: Yes, he did dome good ones. Always crosscourt (insert WTF emoji) but by the late second and third they were floating so much Milos could ask for a cup of tead and runaround to his forhand when he finishied drinking.


Daniel Says:

Goran indeed looks tense. He is not those supportive coaches that keep claping hands and motivating.


chofer Says:

The only floating slice he did perfectly was a down the liner he used to outwit Milos on the second breaker when he came to the net on a perfect crosscourt approach!! Delpo is a much better thinker than Milos. When he needs it…

For me, he’s one of the best breakers players out there. And he doesn’t have the accuracy on serves like Milos. He played perfectly during the breakers, even if Milos double faulted twice (Delpo once) He wasn’t even close on those.


chofer Says:

Goran is indeed a nightmare’s coach for supporting players. The festival of “bad faces” he did to the camera were otstanding. A coach doesn’t even need to clap. Just be as poker-faced as he could. And quiet. Confident.

I see Milos changing soon. Again.


RZ Says:

Of all the men’s players coming back from injury this year, Raonic seems to have the best results so far. To be honest that surprised me.


Daniel Says:

chofer, you can’t say “bad face”, as Goran still is a handsome man;-)


Daniel Says:

Indeed RZ,

Kei is a no show, Djoko if loses 4 straight match in MC – purple alert; Murray yet to properly return, Stan same as Kei and Nadal is injured since after Shangai


Willow Says:

Goran is a handsome man, he certainly is lol ….


chofer Says:

Goran has always been handsome, lol. Must be that Valcanic genes. We need Margot to have an opinion. She’s very into Croats.


Markus Says:

If we’re talking about looks, let me say Sloane is a good-looking kid. She must be stunning in person.


Markus Says:

Goran is good to look at …but not if he’s your coach and you’re looking for some encouragement during a match.


Van Persie Says:

Yeah, some Croats are soo good looking… especially the Goran’s…Goran Visjnik too :)


Van Persie Says:

Visnjic, not Visjnik…will stop posting again


Daniel Says:

“She must be stunning in person.”

Yeah, there are some beautiful people that looks even better in person.

I saw Charlize Theron in NYC once and you couldn’t stop satring. Saw John Hamm there also, very handsome man, like movies don’t do him justice.


Okiegal Says:

Old Granny here wants in on the Goran discussion………..in two words……….SMOKIN’ HOT🔥🔥🔥🔥!!!!!


Van Persie Says:

Halep should take Goran as coach…we would have “The Death of passion” on tennis court


Markus Says:

Or maybe, when Goran comes down for on-court coaching, he’ll just strangle Halep to put her out of her misery.


Willow Says:

Never cared for his style of tennis though Okie, and he beat my favorite at the time which was Pat Rafter at Wimbledon boo hoo :-(


Willow Says:

Markus / Van Persie lol ….


Van Persie Says:

No Markus, she would just complain about this and that, he would be also sad and would tell her, she is right and they would go home….Nastase would strangle her


Margot Says:

Just popped in to give my “expert” opinion…;) Yes, Goran is very attractive, got that wild man Safin look about him. As you were….;)


Humble Rafa Says:

As the man himself said, it depends on which Goran shows up. There are three of them apparently.

“the good, the bad, and the 911 “emergency” Goran”


Humble Rafa Says:

Even though I have no emotional side of me, I feel for Halep. She up gave up a lot to be number 1 (including some mammary parts), but boy, it’s a sight to see her choke away big matches.


Willow Says:

Gorans wife is stunning ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Behave yourself ladies. Men are playing tennis, they not your boy toys.


Okiegal Says:

Shhhh…….Humble…….. Just because there’s snow on the mountain that’s no sign there’s no fire in the furnace!!! LOL!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥. Arson and Old Lace…….got a thing about fires today…….just call me Ben Quick!!


RZ Says:

I object to this conversation about looks…because I haven’t been able to take part in it! Believe it or not, Feliciano looks even more Deliciano in person.


Willow Says:

Chardy for me RZ ;-)


Willow Says:

Funny that theres always an assumption that any female Rafa fan is only a Rafa fan because of his looks, any other fan of any other player and theres never that assumption, always irritated the living hell out of me, moving on ….


Willow Says:

I Think Delpo has a better chance against RBA, Anderson has caused him trouble in the past if i remember rightly, agree with Giles on the other thread in that too much tennis can make Delpo susceptible to injuries ….


Markus Says:

I agree with Willow and I don’t assume that because Nadal is not even good looking.


chofer Says:

Willow

Delpo is 7-0 against Anderson

What problems?


Willow Says:

Markus its a matter of preferance, be a boring old world if we all thought the same, i remember once saying here that i thought Hantuchova was too thin, and i got a right acid bath for my trouble lol ….


Willow Says:

Chofer lol i was thinking of Stan wrong player sorry ….


chofer Says:

About the injuries: he’s ok with wrists. No problems so far. He will return for Madrid.

It’s about his stamina and back problems caused by so much matches. He fades his first serve percentages as the match wore on, which is natural if you’re having back pains.

His problem will be tomoreow. Assuming he’s fresh as a cucumber, Is ner might no cause any damagae. But he has to return or break him. Which requires moving, which requires being fresh as a cucumber. He’s not. The only hope is that he holds serve (I have faith in him in TBs) but then there’s the back pain… full circle.


chofer Says:

He’s 4-3 against Stan. Before wrist injuries: 3-1


chofer Says:

The only terrible match up for Delpo has been Djokovic. By terrible I mean, the majority of theirs had no been even close.

Pity he couldn’t face him during this run:))


Willow Says:

Chofer i was thinking of Stan v Anderson, not Stan v Delpo hun ….


chofer Says:

Ah, ok.

But Isn’t Stan on in house, now?:))

Junior rivalries are funny: pay attention to them. It tells another story of match ups. Cilic used to best Murray (he best him in juniors and pros in importantb matches) who used to best Delpo, who used to best Cilic. Nalbandian used to beat Roger (they’re 8-10 in pros; not bad) And the heart of the matter: BORNA used to beat SASHA. Wanna bet?


RZ Says:

@Willow – Chardy is nice looking and has been playing well recently.


chofer Says:

Another one:

Andy used to beat Novak. For three years they were pretty even, until Novak left gluten behind and Murray, too. But who was up against Andy on his first two Slams?…


chofer Says:

All the people posting here are horny women?? LOL!!


chofer Says:

Just from a male perspective:

Sloane is a beaut! Nobody beats Ana Ivanovic: stunning!

Male tennis player I wouldn’t mind looking-alike: well, after thinking hard it has to be Coric. But being Goran is not bad (I’m his age)

But the whole “package” I envied the most: Pat Rafter. I wanted to play like him!


Markus Says:

3rd set tiebreaker: server vs returner.


RZ Says:

@chofer – thanks for playing. :-)


chofer Says:

Yo’re welcome RZ!!:))

No need to tell me who you will root for the next match:) Assuming you’re comcentrating on the ball and nothing else.


Markus Says:

Sloane and Borna would make a beautiful couple.


BBB Says:

Did someone say Safin?


Okiegal Says:

Goran is handsome in a mature sort of way……..but will have to definitely agree with RZ…….Feli is the real deal……I guess better looking in person??? Be still my heart….. ❤️❤️❤️ Men can ogle over women but when the women folk do it, that makes us a member of the brass section in a matching band! LOL What up wid dat???

Back to tennis…… I wondered off for a moment……. who’s gonna win this thing??


Okiegal Says:

Oopsy….. marching band not matching band…..


Markus Says:

Zverev is playing very well.


Margot Says:

OKiegal: you are kicking a**e at the mo. Gooooo gal!
Sorry to disagree with my esteemed co-founder of the Team Thiem
support group, but I was very disappointed in Deliciano when I saw him at Queens, whereas Gorgeous Grig exceeded all expectation…;)
So…..JMDP or Isner, Young Lochinvar or Busta-gut?


Willow Says:

Markus beg to differ, i have had friends who have seen Nadal play live, and they have all said what you see on TV doesnt do justice to how good looking he is when you see him live, but i digress, Zverev is indeed playing well again so i hope he makes the final ….


Markus Says:

Hahaha! Willow, it was a test. Now I know the answer


Daniel Says:

I saw all of Big 4 live and Nadal, Fed look exactly the way we see on tv. Djoko looks the better of them all, by far. I was quite surprised, he is a handsome man although too skinny. Berdych is more handsome in real life also.


RZ Says:

@Margot et al – I’ve only seen Grigor from afar but may need to take a closer look in the future. I would say objectively that Feli is the best looking, but I prefer Tommy Haas and Pat Rafter.

I was going to object to your claim of being a Team Thiem co-founder, but you’re right about that – I couldn’t be a team all by myself. :-)

Good news yesterday as it was announced that Andy will be back for the grass courts. Can’t wait!


Willow Says:

RZ Haas is quite nice looking but never did it for me, Pat Rafter now your talking, also loved his game as well as his looks, one of the great under achievers * sigh *, lol whats going on here, as Chofer said a thread full of horny women lol ….


Okiegal Says:

@ RZ…….. I too think Feli is a good looking dude…….. beautiful eyes! Yes I think he’s cuter than Rafa…..but Rafa will do in a pinch…….LOL!


RZ Says:

@Okie – this may be blasphemy to some, but I’ve never found Rafa to be good looking. Nice muscles, though. :-)


RZ Says:

Yay Daniel, thanks for playing too!


Okiegal Says:

@ Margot…….. Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder!! He he


j-kath Says:

If I didn’t know better – I’d think Okie was on the “hard stuff”.


Okiegal Says:

@RZ…..I don’t think he’s the most handsome on the circuit but I still think he cleans up nicely and looks very handsome in his tux…….I also liked Rafter back in the day……


Margot Says:

Hic. Ok, I’ll drink to that!
RZ: I really don’t know what to expect from Andy, not a lot to start with probably.
I think Osaka is the most beautiful woman, women can appreciate women’s beauty, as men can appreciate other men’s, without causing HR to experience turbulence surely?


Willow Says:

Margot agree about Osaka, Sania Mirza is another stunner, there are so many beautiful women on the WTA ….


Margot Says:

Pass the smelling salts to HR, Willow. He’s gonna need them. ;)


Van Persie Says:

Daniel,

I have also seen Djoko, Rafa and Fed. Have never seen Andy live. Have to admit, Nole looks more handsome “live”. There is something very delicate about him, that I really like.
I have an obsession about hands. For a sportsman Nole has very delicate hands. Love them. Also on TV :)

Watching DelPo now and hoping for a 3rd set


Van Persie Says:

Naah, DelPo was too tired…Looking forward to see the big guy on clay

Big John was not bad. Am happy for him


Margot Says:

JMDP was knackered…:( :( :(
Zverev has a cat’s whiskers chance but Busta-gut has none.
VP: Yes he has a cute face, but his tennis….yuck! C’mon whoever!


Willow Says:

Credit to Izzy he played really well, Delpo looks like he needs a rest ….


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

No one’s perfect ;)

Come on, you exagerate a bit :)
It’s hard to play a different style of tennus, when you are that tall…


Van Persie Says:

As HR mentioned here, Halep had brasts reduction, in order to play tennis better….what can Big John cut?


Van Persie Says:

^^ that cute face has to stay there ;)


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath….No worries…..I don’t have a health issue atm so I’m having
fun again!!! As we speak I’m on a Senior trip with a guy and a gal I graduated high school with!! Go Byng Pirates…..class of 63’ Cheers…🍻🍻

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