• Del Potro battles Cilic for quarterfinal spot in Madrid

    5/9/12 10:14 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Del Potro battles Cilic for quarterfinal spot in Madrid A jam-packed day of third-round action in Madrid will feature Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic. The two competitors have already faced each other twice in 2012.

    Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic will be squaring off for the eighth time in their careers when they collide in round three of the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday afternoon.

    Del Potro leads the head-to-head series 5-2, including 2-0 in clay and 2-0 in 2012. They most recently faced each other in a clay-court Davis Cup rubber earlier this season and Del Potro--with home-court advantage in Argentina--dominated 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. He also prevailed 6-3, 7-6(3) in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

    Cilic, however, was plagued by injury in the first few months of this season. This time around he is armed with a clean bill of health and eager to maintain plenty of momentum. The 22nd-ranked Croat finished runner-up to Philipp Kohlschreiber last weekend in Munich and so far in Madrid he has dismissed both Albert Montanes and John Isner in straight sets.

    Del Potro is also coming off a stellar week, having made it back-to-back titles in Munich. The 11th-ranked Argentine picked up right where he left off by destroying Florian Mayer on Tuesday and he beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6(1) in round two. Del Potro is an outstanding 29-6 for the year.

    Cilic has to be feeling good about his game at the moment, but he cannot be confident based on his recent history with Del Potro. Count on a straight-set victory for the Argentine, but both sets should be competitive.

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every Delpo-Ciic match is the same

RickyDimon , 5/10/12 4:25 PM

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