Double Duty Pleases Del Potro In Rome
Argentine favourite bouncing back in comeback event
Juan Martin del Potro will sleep well in his bed on Thursday night in Rome, after validating his recovery from a right knee injury by winning two matches in a day for a confidence boost, ahead of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals.
The popular seventh-seeded Argentine, contesting only his third ATP Tour event of 2019, produced a solid blend of power tennis in victories over David Goffin, earlier on Thursday, and in his dismantling of Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud’s game for a 6-4, 6-4 win over one hour and 36 minutes.
The last time Del Potro played two matches in one day was on 17 August 2018 at the Western & Southern Open, when he beat Nick Kyrgios in the third round, but lost to David Goffin in the quarter-finals.
The 30-year-old saved two break points in the 52-minute first set, converting his third set point chance with a backhand winner. Two errors in three points from Ruud gifted Del Potro at 3-2 advantage in the second set, amidst roars from Grandstand when Roger Federer saved two match points against Borna Coric in the final set tie-break.
The 2009 and 2017 quarter-finalist, playing at the Foro Italico in Rome for the seventh time in his career, will now play World No. 1 and four-time former champion Novak Djokovic or Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.