Novak Djokovic will play for the 12th consecutive time in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters and this time his opponent will be Juan Martin Del Potro, just like in 2017. These two tennis greats and good friends will play their match on Friday, May 17, not before 9 pm local time (8 pm BST) at the Center Court. Get Novak Djokovic v Juan-Martin Del Potro live streaming options here along with tips, preview and head to head.
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Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin del Potro Head to Head
This will be their 20th head to head match and the Serb has absolutely dominated their previous 19, having 15 wins and only four losses so far.
Del Potro got three of his four wins over Djokovic in non-ATP competitions, twice at the Olympics (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and once in Davis Cup (2011) so their head to head in competitive ATP matches (some would say where it counts the most) is 15-1 in favour of Djokovic (Del Potro won their Indian Wells 2013 semifinals match).
On clay, Djokovic dropped only a set to Del Potro, winning their 2009 match here in Rome quarterfinals 6-3, 6-4, their Roland Garros 2011 third round match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 while in 2017 Rome quarterfinals it was 6-1, 6-4 for the reigning number 1.
Djokovic Getting Back to His Best
This could be the best year for Novak since 2016 which he finished with 65/10. His record at the moment is 23/4, with titles at the Australian Open and Madrid Masters last week, and not many points to defend until Wimbledon (lost in the Roland Garros quarterfinals last year).
Djokovic played both of his matches in this tournament yesterday, beating Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3 in 68 minutes and Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-0 in just 64 minutes.
After two such dominant wins against such good opposition, it is safe to say that Novak is well rested after lifting the trophy in Madrid on Sunday evening and the rain was definitely on his this week in Rome.
Del Potro Playing Only His Seventh Match Of Year
Del Potro had a knee injury last October, which he re-aggravated after just three played matches in this year so he’ll have his seventh match of 2019 here.
He surprised a lot of people by defeating Goffin yesterday 6-4, 6-2 in only 79 minutes and after that Ruud 6-4, 6-4 in a bit over 90 minutes, as those were his second and third matches on clay this year.
Fatigue might catch up to him today as he played for almost three hours while Djokovic played only two + Del Po is still returning from that injury.
Novak Djokovic v Juan-Martin Del Potro Predictions & Tips
Djokovic is in top form while Del Potro is far from it and the Serb has also never struggled too much to beat this opponent on clay. This is why I think that the Djoker will cover the -4.5 handicap and finish this match in straight sets.
Tip: Novak Djokovic -4.5 games Asian handicap: 3/4 (888Sport)