Juan Martin Del Potro is trying to enter the semi-finals of Masters 1000 in Rome, but he has no simple test: The Tandilian is against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, number one in the world ranking. ESPN broadcast 2
"In our careers we had many battles. Office and device are your weapons, no matter what surface you are playing. It is very high and takes a lot. This will be a great challenge, "Djokovic predicted on Thursday after learning that his next impediment would be Delpo.
Knowing these strengths, the Serbian tried to overload the game from the back of Argentina and so complicated to such an extent that there were two chances to rest in the fourth game and another in the sixth, but Del Potro came to the surface thanks to his ambition ,
Del Potro, ninth in the ATP ranks in this case after winning two matches on Thursday against the Belgian David Goffin and the Norwegian Kasper Ruud. For his part, Djokovic also defeated two opponents on the last day: the Canadians Denis Shapovalov and the German Philip Kollersreiber.
This is the 20th meeting between delpo and Nole, in a cross that has a Serb with an advantage of 15-4 in history. The final match between the two was in the US Open final on September 9, 2018, when world number one beat Argentina with 6-3, 7-6 and 6-3.
The winner of this match will be judged on Saturday of 15 in one of the semi-finals with Diego Schwartzman (24th), who on Friday made his best victory for the year, defeating the Japanese Kai Nishikori with 6-4 and 6-2, sixth in the world ranking.
The other semi-final will be challenged by Spaniard Rafael Nadal (2nd), who continued at his devastating pace ahead of his compatriot Fernando Verdasco with 6-4 and 6-0, while Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (7th) advanced without leaves the court because Swiss Roger Federer (3rd) did not appear to play in the quarterfinals due to discomfort in his right leg.