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15 May 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Italian Open – David Goffin vs Juan Martin del Potro Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where is David Goffin vs Juan Martin del Potro taking place? Foro Italico, Rome

When is David Goffin vs Juan Martin del Potro on and what time does it start? Wednesday 15th May, 2019 – 15:10 (UK)

What channel is David Goffin vs Juan Martin del Potro on? BT Sport (check schedule for specific channel)

Where can I stream David Goffin vs Juan Martin del Potro? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport Player

Where can I get tickets for David Goffin vs Juan Martin del Potro? https://ticketing.internazionalibnlditalia.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
David Goffin 3-1 Juan Martin del Potro
Last meeting:
David Goffin beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 4-5 (RET)

DAVID GOFFIN

  • David Goffin is through to the second round of the Italian Open after coming from behind against Stan Wawrinka to win in three sets (4-6, 6-0, 6-2).
  • The 28-year-old will face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in Rome for the second year running after getting past him in the round of 16 in 2018 where Del Potro retired through injury.
  • That victory is one of three for David Goffin in his 3-1 head-to-head record with Del Potro, who last beat the Belgian in 2016 on a hard court.

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO

  • Juan Martin del Potro is ranked ninth in the world despite playing just four games in 2019 with a 2-2 record and received a bye to the second round in Rome.
  • The Argentine has had little success at the Italian Open over the years – reaching the quarter-finals twice in 2009 and 2017 in which both times he was defeated by Novak Djokovic.
  • 30-year-old Del Potro’s form on clay suggests he is at a disadvantage on the surface. He has never reached the finals at Roland Garros, Monte-Carlo, Madrid or this tournament in Rome and his record against David Goffin is poor at 1-3.

THE PREDICTION

Juan Martin del Potro lost his first match in Madrid last week to Laslo Djere and, despite his showing at the semi-finals of Roland Garros last year against Rafael Nadal, clay is his least-favoured surface. He faces David Goffin who at 5”11 is significantly quicker on the turn and has a strong record over 6”6 Del Potro, including last year’s round of 16 clash here in which the Argentine retired through injury, as he so often does. Del Potro is a fans’ favourite for his desire through adversity, but Goffin has the advantage and the history on his side here.

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