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  • Djokovic, Del Potro set for rematch in Cincinnati

    8/18/12 6:54 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic, Del Potro set for rematch in Cincinnati A rematch of the London Olympics bronze-medal showdown is on tap for Saturday in Cincinnati. Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro will battle for a place in the final.


    Novak Djokovic will get another shot at Juan Martin Del Potro when the two Top 10 players collide in a blockbuster semifinal at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday afternoon. Del Potro beat Djokovic to win the bronze medal at the London Olympics earlier this month.

    Djokovic, however, leads the overall head-to-head series 4-2 (including 2-1 on hard courts). They have only faced each other once on the hard stuff in America, with Djokovic prevailing 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 at the U.S. Open way back in 2007.

    Both players are back in fine form after their Olympic performances. Djokovic won the Toronto title last week and so far in Cincinnati he has rolled over Andreas Seppi, Nikolay Davydenko, and Marin Cilic without dropping a set. Del Potro did not show much interest in his first Toronto match (a loss to Radek Stepanek), but rest for the ninth-ranked Argentine has paid off with wins over Tommy Haas, Viktor Troicki, and Jeremy Chardy.

    "I'm not seeking revenge," Djokovic assured. "I mean this is sport; you lose, you win. Yes, I lost to him--a very emotional match. We both played for a medal. Tomorrow I will try to focus and get a win.

    "He's a great competitor," the second-ranked Serb said of Del Potro. "Very talented player. Very powerful serve. He's got all the shots to be right at the top."

    "I think I'm in a good level at the moment after the Olympics," noted Del Potro. "I have confidence to play against all the players. I'm still feeling a little difference between the top players and me. But I know I'm getting closer very slowly, so that's important. I'm working for that."

    When Del Potro is at his best he can obviously be right at the top, and he will have to be in order to have a chance in this one. Djokovic continues to look like a man on a mission in the wake of his Toronto title, so look for him to keep it going after two competitive sets.



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Straights for Novak ?
No way. This will be a 3 setter, and to me, Delpo will take it.

Emiliano55 , 8/18/12 6:27 PM


Aarghh.. Cant watch the match due to these stupid Football and Moto GP telecast.
Just following the scores online and it looks like a close contest so far.

abhirf , 8/18/12 7:44 PM


Well, it seems tha wrist is sill bothering Delpo. He can't any aggressive backhand. I thought it was fixed.

Djokovic will it in straights, no doubt now. Let's see how Federer can handle Novak if he gets past Wawrinka.

Emiliano55 , 8/18/12 7:55 PM


I think Novak will beat Fed

Thats back to back Masters for Novak again this year

sanju , 8/18/12 8:16 PM


On HC Novaks still the man, reason he went without a ttle for 4 months from April to July was as he is second to Rafa on clay and next to maybe Fed, Rafa, Murray on grass..but on HC hes still the top

sanju , 8/18/12 8:29 PM


Ooopps, stayed up late last night and woke up just to see the match point :(((.
Abhirf,
as far as I know, there was no telecast in the States but you could see the match here:
http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-4/2/164/v-436537.html
This may be for the future reference ;)

danica , 8/18/12 8:49 PM


Agree with you sanju. Nole is the man to beat on the hard courts. He has played 15 matches in three weeks so far and he's still playing so well, he's the best on hard courts this and last year. I think he'll beat whoever there in the final and be the first man to win back to back Canada/ Cincy Masters since Roddick in 2003!

luckystar , 8/18/12 8:51 PM


0-6 Bp for Delpo. What a shame. Even with his left wrist hurt he could have made this a competitive match.

I agree, Novak should get over Federer if he gets to the final.

Emiliano55 , 8/18/12 8:56 PM


Emiliano- Federer will get to the final..Its Stan..hell bend over anyway :-)

sanju , 8/18/12 9:04 PM


Djoko is really looking great on the court. At the moment he is definitely the favorite to win this title.

abhirf , 8/18/12 9:04 PM


Well played Nole! :) Go! Go! Go!

deuce , 8/18/12 9:17 PM


Too bad that DelPotro is having wrist problems and couildn't compete like he is able to do.

Stan doesn't bend over one bit more than the whole Spanish Armada for Nadal. Stan tries very hard, and he has beaten Roger one time, so give him some credit.

Today, Stan played Roger tough, but Roger played the big points better. It's what makes his the champion that he is.

djokovic is not playing as well, as people think, he's had to face about 26 BPs this tournament, and it's not like he's faced tough opponents. The same goes for Toronto, where the field was absolutelely devoid of any meaningful competition. Djokovic did not face one top 4 player. Reality needs a check here on what's taking place. anyone can appear ominous if the competition is below par. The real test is facing one's peers and then emerge as ominous.

scoretracker , 8/19/12 12:15 AM


@scoretracker, would like to agree with you. But Djoker is definitely looking better than he looked during the European swing. Moreover his game is more suited for h/c which gives him more confidence to go for his shots. His BH suddenly seems to be like where it was an year before. His court coverage is definitely better than Fed's at the moment. This enables him to defend easily.

For Fed to win, the mantra would be to have >65% 1st serves, come to the net more and attack more when a BP opportunity presents itself. At the moment the match looks evenly poised. I just hope that it lives up to the expectations. Last thing I would like to see is a one sided contest.

abhirf , 8/19/12 6:46 AM


@scoretracker, would like to agree with you. But Djoker is definitely looking better than he looked during the European swing. Moreover his game is more suited for h/c which gives him more confidence to go for his shots. His BH suddenly seems to be like where it was an year before. His court coverage is definitely better than Fed's at the moment. This enables him to defend easily.

For Fed to win, the mantra would be to have >65% 1st serves, come to the net more and attack more when a BP opportunity presents itself. At the moment the match looks evenly poised. I just hope that it lives up to the expectations. Last thing I would like to see is a one sided contest.

abhirf , 8/19/12 6:47 AM


The litmus test for how well Roger is playing is always to watch Mirka's expression.
She was looking downright glum yesterday.

He pulled out the win against Stan but he will not get get out of jail tonight unless his serve is on fire - which it wasn't last night.

Nole in three.

ed251137 , 8/19/12 11:51 AM


@abhirf: I'm sorry I couldn't answer you until after the match. However, as I stated in my previous post, djokovic looked ominou, which is easy to do, when playing against very low ranked players. Today, proved my point. It would have been the same situation in toronto had djokovic faced a top 8 player in the QFs, a top 4 in the SF, and another in the fina. It's what the top 4 players are supposed to do to win.

I don't think Djoker would have won in toronto, but he's an extremely lucky guy who got a very easy draw and then Murray pulled out, making it an eeven easier one. It's a dream draw to play in such situations.. The way the draws are done, it's very unlikely the top 4 do not get to the QFs, the SF and the final. The draws are done that way to sell tickets for the QFs, SFs and finals. Huge gate recepts.

Anyway, today, has proved my point, and Fed brought his A game., which i figured he would have done. Stan's match was what roger needed to get the adrenaline going. Great win for the Fed. He needed to win this match coz, he'd have the momentum taking him into the USO, and if he had lost, and met Djokovic in the final, today's match would probably have surfaced in his mind.

Go Roger and win the USO.

scoretracker , 8/19/12 8:13 PM


@scoretracker, Your opinion could be true. Though, going by the 2nd set scoreline, seems it was really close and could have swung either way. Glad to see Fed delivering in pressure situations once again. That was missing in 2010 and 2011.
The most commendable thing is that he didnt faced even a single BP against the best returner in the game.
A title here leaves him and his fans in high hopes for the USO.

abhirf , 8/19/12 8:28 PM


@abhirf, Fed will ride that momentum wave into the USO final. If he had lost against Djokovic today, then it would be cause for some nervousness, and last year's SF match would surface. He looks good now to take the title at the USO. Go Fed.

scoretracker , 8/19/12 8:38 PM


Conspirator prediction:

Nole, Muzz and Delpo in the same half at USO (25% chance based on random chance).

Federer to win his 18th slam.

#VirtualByeToFinal
#WhileRafasAwayTheGoatWillPlay
#2009
#2012

Conspirator , 8/19/12 8:52 PM



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