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Juan Martin Del Potro Looks Ahead To Nadal Showdown Following Wimbledon Marathon

The Argentinian No.1 gives his opinion about his upcoming match at The All England Club.

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Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro has reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2013 after battling his way past Gilles Simon 7-6(1), 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), in a marathon encounter that span over two days.

The Argentine started his fourth round clash on Monday evening, but it was postponed due to darkness. Resuming play at The All England Club with a two-sets-to-one lead, Del Potro continued to be tested by his rival. A lacklustre service game concluded with a double fault to gift Simon a break for 3-1 in the fourth set. Coming from behind, Del Potro broke back immediately after coming through a marathon 13-minute game on route to levelling 3-3.

Similar to the first day of their clash, the 29-year-old was visibly frustrated with his inability to maintain consistency on the court. Allowing Simon to display glimmers of tennis that took him to sixth in the world back in 2009. Breaking once more for a chance to serve the match out, four match points came and went. With little disparity between the two, it wasn’t until the very end of the tiebreaker that Del Potro prevailed. Leading 6-5, a Simon backhand crashing into the net secured his place in the last eight of the tournament.

“That is good signal for myself. I’m already having a good season. I’m very proud to be in the last eight players of this tournament. Everybody wants to be there, for sure.” Del Potro said following the match.

Firing a total of 27 aces and 78 winners, Del Potro’s reward is a showdown with second seed Rafael Nadal. It will be the third time the two have locked horns on the grass, but their first since Wimbledon 2011. He is yet to defeat Nadal on the grass and trails their head-to-head 5-10.

“It will be a different match that when we played in Paris (at the French Open) a few weeks ago. I will try to hold my service games most of the time.” He said about the upcoming clash.
“If I want to beat him, I have to come to the net very often and play hard with my forehands, with my backhands, and try to take all the chances.”

Speaking about the Argentines chances, Simon has backed Del Potro to cause a shock win. The world No.4 has already won two ATP titles this season, including his first Masters 1000 trophy in Indian Wells. He has also defeated five different top-10 players in 2018 so far.

“He always has a chance.” Simon replied when asked if Del Potro can defeat Nadal. “He has already beat him. He is able to beat all the top guys. That’s why also many people likes to watch him play, because you feel something can happen. He has a lot of strengths in his game.”

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A lot has happened to the Argentine since his last appearance in the last four of Wimbledon. He missed nine consecutive grand slam main draws between 2014-2016 due to undergoing three surgeries on his wrists. At one point he contemplated retiring from the sport due to the severity of the problem. In total, Del Potro has undergone four surgeries on his wrists of which three was on on his left wrist.

“I’m dealing with all my emotions on court. I been through a lot of problems few years ago. But now I’m thinking about the future, about my present as well. I’m excited to keep going. I like to keep surprising myself in every tournament.” He said.

The next surprise he is hoping to achieve is a win over French Open champion Nadal. The Spaniard has reached the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2011 and is yet to drop a set.

“Everybody knows the favourites are Roger and Rafa. But the other six players are fighting for that big goal, as well.” Del Potro explained.
“There could be a surprise this year. You never know. We (the other players) always want to win a title like this, but is not easy to beat these guys in this big event.
“I’m a quarter-finalist, that’s means I have a chance to keep going.”

Del Potro’s match against Nadal will be the second on Centre Court on Thursday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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