Del Potro vs John Patrick Smith by Experttennis
First of all , I gotta say that I am just so happy that I can finally look for Juan Martin Del Potro and put him as a contester in the match . He is back and looked comfortable in his first match against Kudla in the previous round with a comfortable win in two sets by 6-1 6-4 .
Denis might have forced the issue too much but that is his style of game and nothing can be taken away from Juan , he deserved the win , he didnt lose his own serve even once and putted a lot of pressure on Denis with some nice returning . Now he plays against John Patrick Smith who honestly isnt a player that can match Juans talent or his game .
Delpo is a couple of level above him for sure and even though he is just coming back I think that he will win this one in two sets . Back at his prime he always knew how to play against serve and volley guys , he can pass them of both wings and never had too many issues against lefty players and lefty servers .
This is a match where Delpo will have it all in his hands , he is the bigger server of the two despite the fact that Smith backs his one more at the net but that is because he is skilled at the net and Delpo is more of a power player from the back of the court who looks to tear his oponnents with his forehand and in the exchanges .
I honestly dont see a way for Smith to take a set here , I understand that Delpo might not yet be at his best but he looked comfortable on the court two days ago , the wrist that troubled him for a while looked fine in the match against Kudla and he played two hander and not slice of which I am really glad . He will need his backhand in this one on the passings and if its solid as it always have been he will win this one easy .
Smith will look to make the points shorter , to come at the net probably even of the returns and he will back his serve up at the net but I think that Juan will find a way to break his serve and hold his own ground on serve .
You need to understand that this one is risky cause no one knows how ready Juan is at the moment but I dont think that he would have gotten back if he wasnt at his best in this match and for that reason I am taking this bet. I am glad that he is back , he is one of my favorite players on tour and if he is ready he can even go all the way on his first tournament .
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|Smith under 10.5 games||Pinnacle||1.90||10||2-0 WON (+9 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.