Del Potro Wins Two, Sets Up Anderson Clash Tonight In Washington; Dimitrov Duels Haas, Raonic Crashes Out
by Sean Randall | August 2nd, 2013, 9:35 am

It was a long but successful first day of the summer hardcourt season for Juan Martin Del Potro. The 2009 US Open champion and 2-time Washington winner began his bid for a third title in the nation’s capital on Wednesday by winning two matches, beating both youngsters Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic without the loss of a set.

“For the start of my hard-court season, I think it was a really good day,” said Del Potro who’s Wednesday match with Harrison was postponed due to rain. “I beat two young players with big potential.”

Tonight it’s a big step up for Delpo in size and in age against the 6-foot-8 27-year-old Kevin Anderson. the big-serving Anderson, a winner over Mardy Fish, is in the midst of his best season and this past Sunday probably should have won the Atlanta title over John Isner – Kevin was a dreadful 0/11 on break chances. So this should be a good test for the Argentine.

Speaking of Isner, who had his coming out party at the 2007 Washington event, he avenged his NCAA finals loss to Somdev Devvarman to set a meeting today with Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis ended a 12-match losing streak – that’s right 12! – earlier in the week then yesterday followed up crushing the No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-2.

Also winning two matches yesterday was 35-year-old Tommy Haas. The German finished off Tim Smyczek then in three ousted Ivan Dodig. He’ll now gets Grigor Dimitrov in a good one.

The disappointments continued for Milos Raonic. The Canadian fireballer who many pick to become a star crashed out to Marinko Matosevic. Since his San Jose title, Raonic has reached just one single quarterfinal, that a semifinal in Barcelona this April. With his confidence wavering, Raonic now heads home to Canada for the most important event on his calendar.

In Carlsbad, Martina Hingis made a successful return to doubles Wednesday night, she’s back on court today. Also in quarterfinal action are Ana Ivanovic, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Agenieszka Radwanska who plays Sam Stosur.

Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will have tag-team coverage of both events.

STADIUM COURT start 1:00 pm
D Tursunov (RUS) vs M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP
Not Before 4:00 PM
[8] J Isner (USA) vs [16] M Baghdatis (CYP) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] T Haas (GER) vs [11] G Dimitrov (BUL) – ATP
Not Before 9:15 PM
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [7] K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

You Might Like:
Juan Martin Del Potro Has Won 12 Straight Matches In Washington, Plays Haas Tonight
Nalbandian v Blake in Washington; Harrison, Isner Also in Action
Nishikori Stops Del Potro’s DC Streak At 2am; Roanic, Zverev Advance But Thiem, Dimitrov Out
Grigor Dimitrov Hit Another Spectacular Shot Last Night In Washington [Video]
Kyrgios Retires In Third Straight Event; Del Potro-Nishikori Thurs In Washington

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

2 Comments for Del Potro Wins Two, Sets Up Anderson Clash Tonight In Washington; Dimitrov Duels Haas, Raonic Crashes Out

SG1 Says:

Raonic crashes out. I see Ljubicic making an impact on his game…in the wrong way. This guy needs hardcore agility training…PERIOD. I’m not even sure it will work given his awkwardness.

Maybe a couple of months on America Ninja Warrior would do him more good than Ljubicic as his coach.

M Says:

@SG1 –

“This guy needs hardcore agility training…PERIOD. I’m not even sure it will work given his awkwardness”

I’m not even sure that’s the problem. I saw Big John lumbering up to the net against Devvarman like the proverbial china shop bull .. and that doesn’t seem to have hindered him too much as his game develops. Especially if you look at both their recent records (John & Milos) side-by-side.

I’ve seen Milos in person; he’s much more graceful. I really don’t think that’s the problem.

I was disappointed when he split with Galo Blanco, who had gotten him as far as he had. I don’t believe in switching coaching relationships just for the sake of changing. Of course I wasn’t on the inside to see everything that went on, but since Milos’ ranking did nothing but go up while he was working with him, I’m still struggling to figure out what they thought was *not* working with that partnership. Especially when he’s kept some of the same people he was working with (trainer, physio) but his mental game seems to have gone clearly downhill.

Top story: Azarenka Seeks 3rd Indian Wells Title Sunday Against Badosa