A well awaited match between World No. 5 Juan Martin Del Potro (Player Profile) and Grigor Dimitrov (Player Profile) will place today afternoon in the third round of the Paris Masters 2013. This is only the second time these two have met on the tour, with their first match also taking place in 2013. Check out the Del Potro v Dimitrov Head to Head.
After a successful opening round match against local talent Michael Llodra, Dimitrov continued to build on his momentum and beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini in three sets to set up a clash against Delpo. The World No. 22 is coming off his maiden ATP tour title win a couple of weeks back when he rallied from a set down to defeat World No. 3 David Ferrer in the final of the If Stockholm Open.
Del Potro had a tough match against the Croat Marin Cilic where he had to survive a barrage of aces to win the match. The second set was particularly close, until Del Potro finally managed to break ahead in the tiebreaker to wrap it up 7-6(2). The Argentine has won three titles in 2013 and has reentered the top 5 in the rankings for the first time since 2009. He has won 14 of his last 15 matches including titles in Basel, Tokyo and reached the final in Shanghai. He has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals and will be looking for a strong performance en route to the year-end championships.
“I think I’m playing fantastic tennis. I have won four tournaments [for the first time]. I’m back in the Top 5 after three years and a half, and I made the semi-finals at Wimbledon. I’m playing really good at the moment, reaching three finals in a row, which is fantastic for me. My forehand is working really good. My serve has improved tournament by tournament, and I’m really glad with my level at this moment.” said Del Potro in an interview.
The last time these two exciting competitors met on the tour was in Rotterdam where the Argentine emerged victorious in straight sets. It was a fairly straight forward affair and ended with a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline. This promises to be another close encounter and an entertaining match for the Paris crowd.