Originally Posted by djokovicgonzalez
Machado's level is so so so far down from last year
No level of Machado could ever compete with Delpo. Sure, he did take a set off Federer last year, but Delpo is a far tougher match-up for him. His shots are so powerful and heavy that players of Machado level can't even play their game/keep the ball in court, let alone compete.
It's no wonder Delpo was known as the Mickey Mouse king before he started beating the top guys in 2009; his style of play is perfect to beat annihilate low ranked guys.
Not good for his confidence.
He will be alright. He knows Del Potro is from a completely different level.
After being on the receiving end of the heaviest and most powerful strokes on tour today, next week's Challenger in Rome will look like child's play hopefully. In order to quality for the Olympics, he needs to beat the players of his level, Del Potro was always going to be an impossible ask.