Del Potro touched the feat: two match points against Djokovic

Del Potro dominated for many minutes Djokovic, number one in the world, but the Serbian saved the furniture and played semifinals against Schwartzman.


Juan Martin del Potro was on the verge of giving the bell in the last match of the day on Friday at the 1000 Masters in Rome. The Argentine, with his magical and powerful drive and ready, brushed the victory against the number one in the world and recent Mutua Madrid Open champion, Novak Djokovic. For many minutes, Del Potro dominated the Serbian, but he knew how to react in time and saved two match points to be able to resolve the ballot, which had become complicated, in the third set. In the end, 4-6, 7- 6 (6) and 6-4 in three hours and four minutes of vibrant duel. Djokovic will face on Saturday (20:00, Movistar Deportes 1) in the semifinals another Argentine, the Buenos Aires Diego Schwartzman, who swept the Japanese specialist Kei Nishikori (6-4 and 6-2) .

In the first set, Delpo saved up to six break points divided into three games and was able to break the service of Nole in the second chance he had to get 4-3 and serve and hold that little but enough advantage to sign the partial. In the second round it was the Balkan who took the distance (4-2), but the Tandilense, still cool with his legs and ideas, equaled bravely and was able to reach the tiebreaker after lifting a set ball from his rival. In the tie-break he had two match points, but Djokovic saved them and then he did not spare the first time he had the rest, to level the game.

It was the sentence for Del Potro, who had to lose in an encounter that was extended, by its months of inactivity, before a player already filmed and with the state of grace recovered in an important moment of the season. In the third heat, and after saving three break points, The Djoker gave the thrust that would be final in the next game, with a break for 3-2 that Juan Martin could no longer afford, disengaged. A pity for the Argentine, who had left for the gallery a puntzo to boat soon next to the network for which he congratulated his opponent crashing his hand. However, Torre de Tandil smiled and enjoyed again doing what he likes most, playing tennis. That is the most important. And it will give war in Roland Garros. A Djokovic now awaits another Argentine in the semifinals, Diego Schwartzman, another totally different court, and not only for the stature.



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