A semi-finalist in 2018, Juan Martin Del Potro will be hoping to at least match that in Paris this fortnight. He has a tough opener, taking on an in-form Nicolas Jarry. Should he win this one, there is a strong opportunity of making the last 8 with just once seed standing in the way of that spot.
Jarry stands tall at 6ft6 and has a game to match, boasting a fairly big serve and forehand combo. It’s not what you’d expect from someone who currently looks like a clay specialist but that’s how the Chilean’s career went so far. He had one of his best weeks in Geneva, making the final. He did lose against Alexander Zverev but put in a huge effort to take the German all the way, even holding match point before losing the final set tiebreak.
Del Potro also held match point in his last match before falling to defeat, doing so at the Italian Open against Novak Djokovic. His opening round loss in Madrid suggested he wouldn’t be ready to make a charge in Paris but the Rome run possibly suggests otherwise, especially when he pushed one of the best clay court players in the world that far – even if he did run out of steam at the end. “I also surprised myself after the Djokovic match in Rome,” said a pleased Del Potro. “I played great tennis for almost three hours, very high intensity, with the number one of the world, which is a very good thing looking towards the future.”
A good run would be great for the Argentinian but just as much, he is looking to set himself up for a strong rest of the year. “It would be great if I finish this tournament healthy, playing good tennis, good level, because I am looking forward to being 100 per cent in the grass season and also in the summer of the United States. [Those] will be my biggest goals for this year.” he added.
Prediction – Juan Martin Del Potro in four sets