Juan Martin del Potro will face world number one, Rafael Nadal for a place in the Wimbledon semifinals today at SW19.
Nadal, who hasn’t dropped a set in this tournament, is bidding to lift back-to-back Grand Slam titles. After an exceptional showing at the French Open last month, the Spaniard, now at the All England Club, has been doing remarkably well. He will however face his toughest test yet in Argentina’s del Potro.
Save the four set victory over Gilles Simon in the fourth round, the 2009 U.S. Open champion hasn’t dropped a set, and has said he has a chance to keep marching on when he faces the Spaniard.
“If I’m quarter-finalist, that’s means I have a chance to keep going,” del Potro said.
“I beat him [Nadal] couple of times few years ago, but never on grass. So will be a big challenge to me.”
Nadal, though, holds a superior 10-5 lead in career matches over del Potro and won their two latest meetings in last month’s French Open semifinal and 2017 U.S. Open semifinal.
The Argentine, however, has said this would be a different ball game and has revealed a plan to topple the Spaniard.
“It will be a different match than we played in Paris few weeks ago,” the fourth seed said. “I will try to hold my service games most of the time.
“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.”
Great idea. But if history has taught us anything, it is that plans do not really work out against the great Spaniard. In this one, however, we’ll have to wait and see.
This match is live on Centre Court at the All England Club, London, today from 3pm WAT.