Novak Djokovic will take on Juan Martin Del Potro today in an all-star semi-final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati
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Juan Martin Del Potro’s recent performances have been first class, and all of a sudden it looks like he might be a genuine contender in this year’s US Open. Having won a bronze at the London Olympics the Argentine has made the final four in Cincinnati having played as well as anyone else in the draw at the very least. He cruised into the semi-finals yesterday with a crushing 6-1, 6-3 victory over French lucky loser Jeremy Chardy.
“I think I'm in a good level at the moment after the Olympics,” remarked Del Potro, who is now potentially just two matches shy of notching up his fiftieth win of the season. “I have confidence to play against all the players. But anyway I'm still feeling a little difference between the top players and me. But I know I'm getting closer very slowly, so that's important. I'm working for that.”
Del Potro will get another chance to test himself against the best today, as he’s set to meet Novak Djokovic in the first match on Center Court today. Djokovic earned his place in the semi-finals yesterday by recording a straightforward 6-3, 6-2 success against twelfth seed Marin Cilic.
“It was my best match so far here in this tournament,” remarked Djokovic after the match. “Came in the right moment, really. I had the biggest challenge today with Cilic who has been playing well the last couple of months. Played a really good match.”
Djokovic holds a 4-2 head to head record against Del Potro but has lost his last two matches against the former US Open champ. One defeat came by virtue of retirement, and the most recent of these losses occurred a few weeks ago in the Olympic bronze medal match in London.
“All these losses made me stronger,” said Djokovic. “They are difficult, especially when you're playing for a country and when you're in the Olympic Games and we're fighting for the bronze medal. He won that match. It happens. It's a sport. You lose, you win, but the most important thing is to try to move on and become even better and even stronger from those experiences and try to win. So tomorrow will be my opportunity to win against him.”