Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo QF
Centre Court – Final Match Of The Day
Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro (Player Bio) continues the search for his third title of the year when he takes on the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov (Player Bio) in the headline match of the quarter-finals. Del Potro vs Dolgopolov Head to Head stands at 4-0.
Del Potro eased past fellow Argentinian Carlos Berlocq in straight sets as expected with a much improved performance after he struggled against Marcos Baghdatis in round 1. He dropped only four points on first serve in the 6-2 6-2 victory, saving the only break point he faced.
Meanwhile, the unpredictable Dolgopolov looks to be in decent form this week with two straight set victories to date. He first broke big serving Daniel Brands four times in a 6-3 6-1 victory and then put Janko Tipsarevic away 6-3 7-6 in the second round.
Inconsistency has been a trademark of Dolgopolov’s career but he is capable on hard courts, picking up the title in Washington last year with victory over Tommy Haas. However a 9-10 record this year shows he has failed to kick on especially with shocking defeats to the likes of Carlos Berlocq and Somdev Devvarman on the surface.
He has shown himself to be capable against those below the top 10 but even at his best Del Potro should be too tough for the Ukrainian who has failed to win any of his four meetings. Del Potro won six straight sets before Dolgopolov would win one in their fourth meeting only to lose the the match in three at Monte Carlo this year.
Prediction: Juan Martin Del Potro in two sets