1. Juan Martin del Potro v Roger Federer
|Juan Martin del Potro|
Saturday’s afternoon schedule features a third clash in as many weeks between Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer. The qualification scenarios are pretty simple; whoever wins, will qualify for the semi-finals therefore making this the most anticipated match of the tournament so far. Federer beat Richard Gasquet, 6-4 6-3 in his second match of the tournament. Gasquet had break points in Federer’s last 3 service games, but he failed mentally to stretch Federer. Gasquet was also far too passive and did not deliver the performance he did against Del Potro allowing Federer to dictate the play. In yesterday’s night match, Del Potro took Novak Djokovic to a third set for the fourth consecutive time, but was on the losing side once again as Djokovic prevailed, 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Federer has a resounding 15-4 lead in the head-to-head, but Del Potro is slowly catching up with 3 wins in their 4 encounters. Del Potro won a fantastic three set Basel finale after Federer displayed some stunning tennis in the second set. The Fed did win their most recent encounter in Paris, another entertaining affair, 6-3 4-6 6-3. Their last 6 matches have gone the distance, which promises us a dynamite clash with so much up for grabs. My hunch is that it’s going to be a great match and I am going for the big man, DelPo to book his spot in the semi-finals.
Prediction – Del Potro to beat Federer in 3 sets
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Novak Djokovic to beat Richard Gasquet in 2 tight sets