>> Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Two electrifying men's quarterfinal matches are on display today, June 5 Tuesday, when world no. 1 Novak Djokovic battles France's no. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and world no. 3 and 2009 champion Roger Federer goes against no. 9-seed Juan Martin del Potro. Given that Roger Federer has an 11-2 career record over Juan Martin Del Potro, and that the Argentinean has not won a single set in their last five meetings, you might find the anticipation over their quarter-final meeting at Roland Garros 2012 a tad baffling. But in that case you would need to have been on Mars in September 2009 when a then 20-year-old Del Potro beat Federer in five sets to win the US Open. Watch the exciting Roland Garros 2012 quarterfinals live stream featuring Federer vs Del Potro here.
It was a victory which stunned tennis, and seemed sure to herald the start of a new phase in Del Potro’s career. Instead he picked up a right wrist injury and it has been a long climb back since he had surgery in May 2010. Last year he rose from No.485 to No.18 in seven months. Here at Roland Garros he is seeded No.9 and is carrying a left knee injury which caused him particular problems in his first round win over Albert Montanes. Del Potro insists he is "almost" back to full strength, although much of this mindset appears to rest on him simply "not thinking about (his) knee". All four of his matches so far have featured tie-breaks (three of which he had taken), and there is no doubt he will be stretched by Federer, although "Delpo" treasures the memory of their classic semi-final here three years ago where he almost took the Swiss to breaking point.
Del Potro was bothered by his heavily strapped knee in the early rounds, but gave no sign of discomfort either yesterday or today. His groundstrokes have been wreaking havoc and Roger Federer will need to bring his A-game against the former US Open champion in the quarter-final. Since missing nearly all of 2010 with a wrist injury, tennis fans have been waiting for the giant South American to get back to his devastating best. He is not there yet, but there are growing signs that the Del Potro of old is back, and the 'Big Four' may become a 'Big Five' on this evidence. Looking forward to his quarter-final with Roger Federer, Del Potro was upbeat: "I (need to) play an unbelievable match, try to take my opportunities, serve 100%, trying to play winners with my forehand, with my backhand, and put him to raise his game. I don't like to run too much, so I will try to be more aggressive than his game and looking at unbelievable shots."
No. 3-seed Federer was tested early in his fourth-round meeting with lucky loser David Goffin Sunday at Roland Garros, eventually defeating the Belgian 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. "I thought he played really well. Great impression," praised Federer. "He took the ball early every time. Don't hit a very good shot, he can take advantage of that. He's got great potential in terms of his touch and the way he reads the game. I thought it was an interesting match... Obviously in some ways I guess it's tough for me coming out not knowing exactly what his favorite patterns are in the game, the way he serves, when he does what. But, no, he impressed me, and I enjoyed the match today."
Federer is through to his record 32nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and with Sunday’s victory, tied Andre Agassi for second place overall with 36 final eight showings. He is bidding to win his first Grand Slam title since lifting his 16th major trophy at the 2010 Australian Open.
Federer vs Del Potro Career Head-to-Head: Federer leads 11-2
Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells
CA, U.S.A. Hard Q Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-2 Stats
U.A.E. Hard S Federer, Roger
7-6(5), 7-6(6) Stats
The Netherlands Hard F Federer, Roger
6-1, 6-4 Stats
2012 Australian Open
Australia Hard Q Federer, Roger
6-4, 6-3, 6-2 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati
OH, U.S.A. Hard R32 Federer, Roger
6-3, 7-5 Stats
2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
London, England Hard RR Del Potro, Juan Martin
6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3 Stats
2009 US Open
NY, U.S.A. Hard F Del Potro, Juan Martin
3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 Stats
2009 Roland Garros
France Clay S Federer, Roger
3-6, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 Stats
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Spain Clay S Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4 Stats
2009 Australian Open
Australia Hard Q Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-0, 6-0 Stats
2008 ATP Masters Series Madrid
Spain Hard Q Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-3 Stats
Switzerland Hard R16 Federer, Roger
6-1, 6-4 Stats
Great Britain Grass R64 Federer, Roger
6-2, 7-5, 6-1 Stats
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