Juan Martin del Potro vs David Goffin ATP Rome tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Del Potro and Goffin battle for quarter final spot in Rome

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  • Juan Martin del Potro vs David Goffin is live from Rome on Thursday, 17 May from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST
  • Del Potro and Goffin are locked at 1-1 on head-to-head
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Juan Martin Del Potro. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro attempts to reach the quarter finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia for the second straight year when he takes on David Goffin on Thursday.

Juan Martin del Potro vs David Goffin ATP Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis is live from Rome on Thursday, 17 May from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST  
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Del Potro first reached the quarter finals in Rome in 2009- the year he won his US Open title- but this is only his fourth appearance in the Italian capital since then, with injuries playing a major role in his absence. Prior to reaching the last eight last season, the Argentine had missed three successive editions, but he put together a fine tournament last year, beating Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund and Kei Nishikori before falling to Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals.

That was his finest effort in a disjointed clay-court season, which ended with him losing to Andy Murray in the third round of the French Open. At that point, del Potro was ranked 30th in the world, but he would finish the season just outside the top-ten thanks to a superb end to the year. The Argentine reached the semi-finals of the US Open and Shanghai, won the title in Stockholm, made the final in Basel, before closing out the year with a quarter final run at the Paris Masters, just missing out on a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in the end.

Del Potro started 2018 from where he left off in the previous year, reaching the final in Auckland, but he then had a couple of quiet tournaments at the Australian Open and Delray Beach. However, he stormed into form after that, producing a tremendous 15-match winning streak to win Acapulco and Indian Wells- his first Masters 1000 title- and reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open.

After a well-deserved short break, the Argentine opened his clay-court season in Madrid, where he suffered a surprising third round loss to Dusan Lajovic, but he returned to winning ways in Rome, opening with a fine 7-5 6-3 victory over Greek youngster, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Del Potro made a slow start against Tsitsipas, slipping into a 3-1 deficit, but he slowly worked his way back into the contest, breaking back for 4-4, before breaking again in a lengthy twelfth game featuring five set points, to take the opening set after just over an hour. The Argentine tool control of the match with a break in the fourth game of the second set, and was barely troubled through out the set, dropping just five points on serve before closing out the win to love.

Next up for del Potro is a third-round meeting with David Goffin, who is looking to reach the last eight in Rome for the third time in four seasons.


Without a first-round bye, Goffin opened his campaign with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Leonardo Mayer, before recovering from a bizarre opening set to beat Marco Cecchinato in the second round. 

David Goffin. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The Belgian appeared to be cruising through the opening set at 5-1, but what followed was a dramatic first-set capitulation, as Cecchinato won the next six games to grab the set. Goffin recovered from that shock to dominate the next two sets, pulling off a 5-7 6-2 6-2 victory in just over two hours.

It’s been a consistent clay-court campaign for Goffin, who reached the quarter final in Monte Carlo, before making the semis in Barcelona. He fell to Kyle Edmund in the third round in Madrid, but now stands one match away from another quarter final.

Goffin enjoyed a fantastic end (and start too!) to 2017, picking up titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo and reaching the final of the Nitto ATP Finals, but he had a disappointing beginning to the new year, suffering a shock defeat to Julien Benneteau in the second round of the Australian Open. He made consecutive semi-finals in Montpellier and Rotterdam, but a freak eye injury sustained in that Rotterdam semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov ruled him out of action for about a month. He was clobbered 6-0 6-1 by Joao Sousa in his comeback match, but the Belgian is finding his feet once again on clay, where he will seek his third quarter final in four events when he takes on del Potro on Thursday.

Goffin and del Potro have split their two previous meetings, both of which were on hard courts. While Goffin has enjoyed some very good success on hard courts, he is still most comfortable on clay, where his movement and defence are accentuated. Del Potro will once again roll out the heavy artillery aka forehand, but he has got to play extremely well to hit through Goffin. I think the Belgian has got enough in defence to stifle the Argentine on this surface, and he’s also got the offence, particularly on the backhand wing, to put del Potro on the backfoot. I’m going with the Belgian to take down the Tower of Tandil.

Juan Martin del Potro vs David Goffin is live from Rome on Thursday, 17 May from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST
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