Thursday night was a host to some quite jaw dropping matches as we saw Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro making it to the quarters, winning in style against their opponents, and gearing up to lock horns against each other.
Both of them experienced some promising wins as Djokovic played with guile and confidence to beat Roberto Bautista Agut than he has shown recently, showing some positives to get back to his long lost form. On the other hand, the Argentine suddenly seems to look like a guy aiming to cause some damage on the dirt. The Serb holds a 13-4 record over the Argentine, and won both of their meetings so far this year. Winning both the meetings on clay, they haven’t played each other on this surface since 2011.
The Serb seemingly looks quite confident in regaining his triumphing form ahead of the French Open. Beating Bautista Agut in straight sets on Thursday, the Serb showed his resiliency in outclassing the Britisher, with his power and placements. Bedene had to run all round the court only to find himself squandering to the Serb 6-4, 6-4. He did give some hard time to the Serb in the staring set but fortunately Djokovic never gave up and got himself through. This match seemed to be a buiding block for Djokovic’s path to success, and simultaneously increasing his chances to overthrow the out of form Andy Murray for his No.1 crown.
Meanwhile, Del Potro, won against Kei Nishikori, in a straight set match after an intriguing tie-braker in the first set. He went on to win the match 7-6, 6-3 and made his point to provide some hard time to his counter-part to expect some thick competetion. Winning last 4 of his 5 matches, he is in a great form and with his experience against Djokovic it would be a tie to look out for. The Argentine won his last title at Stockholm in 2016, and has failed to bag any other so far this year.
The Serb did find it hard to overthrow the Argentine in the last matches he won against him as he was made to sweat for the 3 set victories. He is constantly striving hard for his performances to take a peak on his perfrormance curve and has started to get some positives from his previous matches. He will surely be seeting his prying eyes on the title race, after a a big possibility to set up a potential 51st clash against the Madrid Open Champion and the King Of Clay Rafael Nadal, who cowed the Serb in their last meeting at the semis in Madrid.
It will surely be a competetive match as the Serb readies himself for a hard walk to the title as he overlooks to get past the hurdle in Del Potro who is coming in the match with confidence from his previous performances and a desire for vengeance on Djokovic.