Juan Martin del Potro plays Mackenzie McDonald in their Delray Beach Open quarter-final on Friday, February 22. The Juan Martin del Potro v Mackenzie McDonald live streaming begins from around 8 pm local time (1 pm BST).
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Juan Martin del Potro v Mackenzie McDonald Head to Head
The two players have never met before on the ATP circuit.
Is Confident Del Potro Ready for His Quarters?
Juan Martin del Potro returned to the tour this week after a long injury lay-off, beginning October 2018. Del Potro looked rusty in his opener, but played a solid match against rising American Reilly Opelka, to win in two straight sets. The big serving Opelka has been on a bit of a run, but the Del Potro serve and forehand were both on point. The Argentine attacked the Opelka serve from time to time and got the necessary break per set to win 6-4,6-4.
What is less encouraging is that Del Potro mentioned after the match that he still was unsure as to how match ready his knee was, and said he would see how he felt before his next match and decide on whether to play or withdraw. The Argentine is defending titles at the ATP 500 in Acapulco next week, and the Indian Wells ATP Masters 1000 the following week, and will like to be in the best of health for those.
Looking at the remaining draw at Delray Beach, Del Potro will however fancy a title run here this weekend.
Can McDonald Upset del Potro in Search for a First ATP title?
Young American MacKenzie McDonald has had a confident start to his Delray Beach campaign, with victories over fellow American Jared Donaldson and Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia Lopez. McDonald has been on the circuit for under three years now and reached a career high ATP ranking of 76 in late 2018. He is currently ranked 91, but will be looking to improve his ranking with a good run here.
An athletic individual, with good court coverage and an ever improving game, McDonald has shown promise on the circuit and will be looking for a big victory to further boost his self-belief. In an era of several young Americans, although not talked about as much, McDonald has already proven at Grand Slams in 2018, that he has the talent and temperament to compete with the bigger names on the circuit. A victory over Del Potro would certainly be the biggest of his career thus far.
Del Potro v McDonald Predictions & Tips
It promises to be an entertaining clash of Del Potro’s big game versus McDonald’s all round athleticism and court coverage. Del Potro looked in command in his previous round and is expected to carry the same form to his quarter finals. McDonald has gone from strength to strength and will be looking for a strong showing here too. What remains uncertain is the Argentine’s health and fitness. Expect Del Potro to win in straight sets if healthy.
You can watch & bet on Juan Martin del Potro v Mackenzie McDonald on Saturday, February 23 here . The match is scheduled to take place at around 8 pm local time.