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Roland Garros R16 WWW: Tomas Berdych vs Juan Martin Del Potro

Any predictions for this one? A healthy Del Potro should beat Berdych, who is a very good match-up for him in surfaces like this, but there are huge question marks over his health. He has reached this round mostly thanks to his status as a Grand Slam winner, his opponents all had chances but were 'afraid' to win, couldn't take advantage of Del Potro's diminished condition. If Montanes, Vasselin and Cilic were mentally playing against Del Potro with a bad knee and not Del Potro the Slam winner, Juan would be home by now for sure.

Tomas is a different story; Del Potro is a very bad match-up for him on slow surfaces, but he should take this one. He will not be afraid to take down Del Potro, his status as a top player will give him the confidence to see off the match. He has been hitting the ball superbly even if he showed some signs of fatigue today. He's been playing his best tennis this year and this and the next few Slams are his time to shine.

Unless Del Potro's knee can somehow recover completely in 2 days, my prediction is Berdych in 3/4. Your thoughts?
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Any predictions for this one? A healthy Del Potro should beat Berdych, who is a very good match-up for him in surfaces like this, but there are huge question marks over his health. He has reached this round mostly thanks to his status as a Grand Slam winner, his opponents all had chances but were 'afraid' to win, couldn't take advantage of Del Potro's diminished condition. If Montanes, Vasselin and Cilic were mentally playing against Del Potro with a bad knee and not Del Potro the Slam winner, Juan would be home by now for sure.

Tomas is a different story; Del Potro is a very bad match-up for him on slow surfaces, but he should take this one. He will not be afraid to take down Del Potro, his status as a top player will give him the confidence to see off the match. He has been hitting the ball superbly even if he showed some signs of fatigue today. He's been playing his best tennis this year and this and the next few Slams are his time to shine.

Unless Del Potro's knee can somehow recover completely in 2 days, my prediction is Berdych in 3/4. Your thoughts?
Delpo's knee was fine today, movement was good. He should be fit to play Berdych.
Though one..... I will go with Berdych in 4 sets

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Delpo's knee was fine today, movement was good. He should be fit to play Berdych.
Though one..... I will go with Berdych in 4 sets
It was definitely better, but still far from ideal. He benefitted from the huge mental block Cilic has against him, from getting owned by Delpo ever since they played in the U14s together.

The improvement is a good sign, but he needs to have no hindrance to beat Berdych, who is playing great tennis lately and will not be afraid to pounce when chances arise unlike Juan's previous opponents.
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Unless Del Potro's knee can somehow recover completely in 2 days
I think I've read somewhere the same sentence about two days ago
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Match of the tourney so far this one could be. Hope it is fun.

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This should have been match of the tournament from R4 definitely, but right now it didnīt look so great, Berdych today had some leg problems, and Delpo seems to be not 100% fit since Rome.. so the fitter one will win, i am really angry, because Fed is loosing here sets with nobodies, so healthy Tomas or healthy Delpo can take him down, but neither of them is probably 100% healthy.
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Re: Roland Garros R16 WWW: Tomas Berdych vs Juan Martin Del Potro

Berdych in str8s or maybe 4..


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This should have been match of the tournament from R4 definitely, but right now it didnīt look so great, Berdych today had some leg problems, and Delpo seems to be not 100% fit since Rome.. so the fitter one will win, i am really angry, because Fed is loosing here sets with nobodies, so healthy Tomas or healthy Delpo can take him down, but neither of them is probably 100% healthy.
Tomas is healthy, just very tired, has played non-stop for many weeks in a row.

Don't think the winner of the match will beat Federer in the following round. Del Potro would stand a better chance, but he'd obviously need to be completely fit and get over the mental block he has developed against Federer since his comeback, both unlikely.

Tomas can hit through Federer in normal conditions, but he seems so tired, his scheduling wasn't good at all. But I guess he might have some energy reserves, you never know. But I don't think either of these guys is stopping Federer, wouldn't put my money on it for sure.
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Tomas is healthy, just very tired, has played non-stop for many weeks in a row.

Don't think the winner of the match will beat Federer in the following round. Del Potro would stand a better chance, but he'd obviously need to be completely fit and get over the mental block he has developed against Federer since his comeback, both unlikely.

Tomas can hit through Federer in normal conditions, but he seems so tired, his scheduling wasn't good at all. But I guess he might have some energy reserves, you know? But I don't think either of these guys is stopping Federer, wouldn't put my money on it for sure.
Tired i don't think so, he played as much in 2010 when he reached the SF.

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Tired i don't think so, he played as much in 2010 when he reached the SF.
Just the impression I got from his match today, he seemed a bit short on energy. Hope I'm wrong. If he has some energy reserves, he could do something big here provided he gets past Del Potro of course, which he should in the current circumstances.
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Kick his ass, Juan

A Tomas' win would be appreciated anyway
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Delpo in 4 for sure.

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Tomas is healthy, just very tired, has played non-stop for many weeks in a row.

Don't think the winner of the match will beat Federer in the following round. Del Potro would stand a better chance, but he'd obviously need to be completely fit and get over the mental block he has developed against Federer since his comeback, both unlikely.

Tomas can hit through Federer in normal conditions, but he seems so tired, his scheduling wasn't good at all. But I guess he might have some energy reserves, you never know. But I don't think either of these guys is stopping Federer, wouldn't put my money on it for sure.
Donīt know if he is healthy - i mean those injury time-outs and leg pain and something was there - of course he is tired- he was in form making it deep in all tournaments, Madrid F, Rome QF, that 4 matches in Dusseldorf was stupid- i mean he loves to play for his country, but playing 4 matches before RG wasnīt clever from him, i think top guys shouldnīt play Dusseldorf-Nice just they can get tired for RG... Almagro is only one who i get why he is playing -250 clay events are his ,,world,, but Berdych - potential dark-horse of RG with all his deep runs in Madrid, MC, Rome play another 4 matches in Dusseldorf not wise decision...
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Unless Del po is at least at 90%, I can't see him winning this. Berdych's game is far too big in this tournament. I suppose a match on SL where conditions are slower might help him.


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