• Del Potro, Cilic clash in French Open third round

    5/31/12 9:36 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Del Potro, Cilic clash in French Open third round A third-round blockbuster is on the cards for Friday at Roland Garros. Juan Martin Del Potro will go up against Marin Cilic for a spot alongside either Tomas Berdych or Kevin Anderson.

    Familiar foes Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic will be meeting for the ninth time in their careers and for the fourth time this season when they square off in the third round of the French Open on Friday.

    Del Potro is dominating the head-to-head series 6-2, including 3-0 this season and 3-0 overall on clay. Their clay-court encounters have all been blowouts. Del Potro rolled 6-3, 6-0 last season in Madrid, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in a Davis Cup clash earlier this year, and 6-2, 6-4 just a few weeks ago on the blue stuff of Madrid.

    Cilic, however, looks poised to make this one far more competitive. The 24th-ranked Croat was hampered by injury to begin his 2012 campaign but he is rounding into form for the crucial part of the season. Cilic finished runner-up in Munich and he is now 10-8 this year following straight-set Roland Garros wins over Daniel Munoz-De La Nava and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

    Del Potro, the champion in Marseille and Estoril, boasts an outstanding 35-8 record in 2012. The ninth-ranked Argentine reached the Madrid semis and he is now bouncing back from an early loss in Rome. Del Potro has gotten past both Albert Montanes and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in four sets to begin his French Open.

    This one will all come down to Del Potro's health. The 2009 U.S. Open winner did not move well against Montanes but appeared to be in better shape during his win over Roger-Vasselin.

    If Del Potro is 100 percent, then recent history indicates he should not have too much trouble with Cilic. Based on Cilic's form, though, anything less than Del Potro's best will result in a minor upset in the No. 21 seed's favor.

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Berdych in trouble against Andersson, losing the third set tiebreak and Berdych is now one set to two down. Not looking good for Berdych, perhaps too much tennis lately has taken a toll on him. Didn't get to watch the match, Anderson must be playing well(serving well) to get the lead.

luckystar , 6/1/12 1:49 PM

Yeah, anything is possible as fatigue and gruelling schedule takes its toll.Also Frenchman Philip Mathieu defeated John Isner in a third-round blockbuster yesterday.It was a quality match and spirited performance from both player's.
Looking forward to Delpo Vs Cilic clash today.....

hrsikesa , 6/1/12 2:04 PM

No where to post this, congrats to Granollers for winning the five set match. I thought he's going to lose but he ends up winning 7-5 in the fifth. He's Mathieu's next round opponent if I'm not wrong.

luckystar , 6/1/12 2:22 PM

I manage to watch the match. I hope Berdych wins this match, he's obviously the better player of the two, has the better all round game- better movement, better at the net, better groundstrokes, better returns. The only thing holding him back is his thigh problem. I really hope he can pull through this one; the better player should win in the end.

luckystar , 6/1/12 2:57 PM

Philip Mathieu?

RickyDimon , 6/1/12 3:12 PM

Yes Berdych wins in the end, good for him. Looking forward to his encounter with either Cilic or Delpo.

luckystar , 6/1/12 3:18 PM

How long was that game ? its 6 all now must win tie break for Cilic if he goes down 2 sets to love its game over

tennis2011 , 6/1/12 6:47 PM

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