While he may not be at 100 percent, Juan Martin del Potro is in Indian Wells this week to partake in the BNP Paribas Open. The Argentine has been suffering from an injury in his right wrist and will be testing the waters in his second round contest against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. Del Potro leads the head-to-head series 4-3, having won their two most recent meetings.
World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro is in Indian Wells on shaky terms. The “Tower of Tandil” injured his wrist several weeks back, which has hindered his performances on the tour significantly. After a successful start to the season, where he won the Sydney title with a victory over Bernard Tomic, Del Potro crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round when he began to feel troubled by his wrist. He would recover slightly to reach the quarter-finals in Rotterdam but then recently retired in his opening round contest in Dubai with the same injury.
World No. 37 Feliciano Lopez reached the second round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Israel’s Sela to set up the meeting with del Potro. The Spaniard has only gone past the second round in one tournament this season: the Delray Beach Open several weeks back, and will now be looking to take advantage of a vulnerable Juan Martin to reach the third round in Indian Wells.
This marks the eighth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Lopez leading the head-to-head series 4-3. The Argentine has won the two most recent meetings dating back to 2011 and will be looking to extend that winning streak at the first Masters 1000 event of the season. It is tough to determine who will emerge victorious in this particular contest, as Del Potro has not been overly confident regarding his current state. If he is near his usual form, he should take this match in three sets.
Prediction: Juan Martin del Potro in Three Sets