Juan Martin del Potro vs Leonardo Mayer ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Del Potro battles compatriot Mayer for quarter final spot

Leye Aduloju in ATP 14 Mar 2018
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Leonardo Mayer is live from Indian Wells on Wednesday, 14 March from 4:00pm local time/ Thursday, 15 March from 2:00am DST
  • Del Potro won their only tour-level meeting at the 2012 US Open
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Juan Martin Del Porto. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro seeks a spot in the quarter finals of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since 2013 when he takes on fellow Argentine, Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday.

Juan Martin del Potro vs Leonardo Mayer ATP BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Wednesday, 14 March from 4:00pm local time/ Thursday, 15 March from 2:00am DST
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After a brief poor patch, during which he fell early at the Australian Open and Delray Beach, del Potro has been in superb form in the last couple of weeks, claiming the Acapulco title, and now powering into the fourth round at Indian Wells. This is the furthest he has gone at the tournament since his runner-up finish in 2013, when he was denied the title by Rafael Nadal. Between then and the 2018 tournament, del Potro did not win back-to-back matches in California, missing the 2014 and 2015 editions, and winning just one round in each of 2016 and 2017.

However, the former US Open champion has been back to his best at the tournament this year, brushing aside Alex De Minaur for the loss of just three games in the opening round before taking down David Ferrer 6-4 7-6 on Tuesday. In truth, the closeness of the score-line was a tad flattering on Ferrer, with del Potro missing a staggering 15 of 16 break points in the opening set. The frustration got to the Argentine at some point, smashing his racket into the ground in a rare show of petulance. Del Potro eventually forced the break in the seventh game of the set, but he still needed seven set points before fending off the battling Spaniard.

Ferrer’s serving improved drastically in the second set- he had the only break point of the set- but del Potro’s power shone through in the tie break as the Argentine closed out the win after an hour and 47 minutes to record his seventh straight victory.

This run began in Acapulco, where he stormed past three top-ten players- Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson- to pick up his first title of the season, and he has been equally dominant at Indian Wells. Del Potro has become the standout player in the bottom half of the draw, and arguably the biggest obstacle to Roger Federer defending his Indian Wells title. After all, he is the highest-ranked player left in the field after the top-seeded Federer.


Standing between del Potro and a spot in the quarter finals in Leonardo Mayer, who is into the fourth round of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. 

Leonardo Mayer. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Argentine achieved this milestone with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Japan’s Taro Daniel, conqueror of Novak Djokovic, on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Mayer has been around for a very long time, but this is only his fifth ever appearance at Indian Wells, with his previous best being third-round runs in 2013 and 2016.

Mayer has had his fair share of injury problems through his career. After peaking at a career-high No. 21 in mid-2015, the Argentine ended 2016 outside the world’s top 100 after struggling with a shoulder problem. He stayed outside that bracket until the middle of 2017, when he surged almost 90 spots up the rankings to climb back into the top-50 after winning the Hamburg title as a lucky loser. Mayer maintained a steady ranking for the rest of the year; and has been inching forward in 2018 following a couple of decent showings in the opening quarter of the new season. The 30-year-old has contested two quarter finals this year- in Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo- while he got to the second round in Sydney and at the Australian Open, losing to Rafael Nadal in the latter.
Mayer dropped the first set of his Indian Wells opener against Victor Estrella Burgos, but he has been near impeccable since then, taking down Burgos eventually, and backing it up with wins against Ruben Bemelmans and Taro Daniel.

Mayer and del Potro met twice at ITF level earlier in their careers; with del Potro winning both matches in 2005, and the former US Open champion maintained his perfect record over his Davis Cup teammate in their only meeting at tour-level, emerging with a straight-sets win at the 2012 US Open.

 
“I just want to keep winning. It's good to feel with this confidence when I get to the court and I play well, but I'm going step-by-step” del Potro said. “I will play another Argentinian guy... which is a special match for both. It's not easy when you play against a friend,” Del Potro said.   
“We practise a lot together. We train at the same club in Buenos Aires. We grow up together. We win the Davis Cup together. And we have dinners together and we spend a lot of time together”.

Mayer has got weapons to hurt del Potro, particularly the serve and the forehand, but del Potro boasts arguably the biggest weapon in the sport with that forehand, which has been firing since Acapulco. He is also more confident with hitting through the backhand these days, which nicely complements the very effective slice. Overall, the man is in the mood at the moment, and should extend his winning run, and return to the quarter finals with victory over compatriot, Mayer.

Juan Martin del Potro vs Leonardo Mayer is live from Indian Wells on Wednesday, 14 March from 4:00pm local time/ Thursday, 15 March from 2:00am DST


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Juan Martin del Potro vs Leonardo Mayer ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Del Potro battles compatriot Mayer for quarter final spot

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