A match that really should be headlining Saturday night’s Arthur Ashe Stadium card, Juan Martin Del Potro and David Ferrer will instead do battle in the afternoon/early evening on Louis Armstrong Stadium in what could be a fascinating matchup.
After Steve Johnson questioning the wisdom of granting Del Potro a wildcard for the tournament due to the chance he could knock out an American, it was fitting that Del Potro would actually knock Johnson out of the many Americans competing in the men’s draw. More impressively though was the manner in which he did so, serving 15 aces and getting broken just once in the 7-6 6-3 6-2 victory.
Along with those 15 aces, he won over 80% of first serve points – a great contributing factor to the ease of his victory. “I think I served much better than my first-round match. I played focusing on the important moments of the game. I played great at the tiebreak. At the end I saw him physically little tired, so I took all my chances to close the match in three sets.” he said after the match.
Meanwhile, Ferrer needed nearly three and a half hours to book his third round place with a five set win over Fabio Fognini. However, he shouldn’t be that weary after winning the first round by an Alexandr Dolgopolov retirement in the first set. Ferrer has competed at the season ending World Tour Finals six straight years but is in severe danger of not making them this time round given his current No.13 rankings. A deep run would aid his cause but Del Potro will provide tough opposition to this. Ferrer does lead the head to head 6-3 but they have not met since 2013 with Del Potro winning in straights at Wimbledon on that occasion
Prediction – Juan Martin Del Potro in four sets