Juan Martin del Potro vs Philipp Kohlschreiber ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Del Potro seeks first Indian Wells semi-final since 2013

Leye Aduloju in ATP 16 Mar 2018
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Philipp Kohlschreiber is live from Indian Wells on Friday, 16 March from 2:00pm local time/ 10:00pm DST
  • Del Potro leads the head-to-head 6-2, but Kohlschreiber has won the last two meetings
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Juan Martin Del Potro. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro seeks his ninth straight win, and a return to the Indian Wells semi-finals when he takes on Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday.

Juan Martin del Potro vs Philipp Kohlschreiber ATP BNP Paribas Open is live from Indian Wells on Friday, 16 March from 2:00pm local time/ 10:00pm DST 
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Del Potro is looking to make the last four at Indian Wells for the third time in his career- with his previous semi-final appearances coming in 2011 and 2013- he lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2011 semi; but took out Novak Djokovic in 2013 before falling to Nadal, once again, in the final. Del Potro endured a lean spell in California after that runner-up finish, missing the 2014 and 2015 editions; and falling early in each of the last two years. However, he has corrected that in 2018, moving on to his fifth quarter final at the event.
 
For all his good work over the years (when he has been allowed to by his injury problems!), del Potro has actually never won a Masters 1000 tournament; and has only made three finals at this level. But with a host of top players either missing or playing poorly, Indian Wells 2018 presented a big opportunity for the in-form Argentine, and he has made the most of it thus far.

Beyond his current run of form, del Potro would be most appreciative for the way his creaky body has held up so far this year. For the first time since 2015, the Argentine competed in the opening month of a season, starting off with a runner-up finish in Auckland. It didn’t quite work out in his next couple of tournaments, as the Argentine lost to Tomas Berdych in the third round of the Australian Open, and to Frances Tiafoe in the second round in Delray Beach, but it began to come together once again in Acapulco, where the Tower of Tandil blasted out top-ten stars, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson in consecutive matches to claim his first title of the season. 

He had a calm beginning to his Indian Wells campaign, easing out Alex De Minaur in the opening round for the loss of just three games before taking out David Ferrer, also in straight sets in the third round, but he was forced to dig deep in his fourth-round meeting with compatriot, Leonardo Mayer, who threatened the upset when he led by a set and a break. After breaking late to take the opening set, an aggressive Mayer broke again for the 2-1 lead in the second, but crucially, del Potro hit back immediately with his first break of the match. Both men had chances in the rest of the set, with Mayer rescuing a 0-40 situation and del Potro climbing out of a 15-40 hole, but it was the former US Open champion who found his form in the ensuing tie break, taking it 7-2 to even the contest. Having seen off the danger, Del Potro took control of the match with an early break in the deciding set, and he broke again in what turned out to be the final game of the match to complete the win after two and a half hours.


Given the way Philipp Kohlschreiber has played this week, del Potro could be in for another tough battle against the dangerous German veteran.

Philipp Kohlschreiber. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kohlschreiber arrived Indian Wells with a 2-5 record in 2018, but he has found his form in the desert, recording three fine wins to reach the last eight for the first time in his career. The German is into his fifth Masters 1000 quarter final, adding to his efforts in Monte Carlo (2007 and 2010), Cincinnati in 2008 and Toronto in 2010. 

After losing his first three matches of the season in Sydney, Melbourne and Sofia, and crashing in the second round in Rotterdam and Dubai; the German was threatened with another early exit when he dropped the first set 6-1 against American, Tim Smyczek in his Indian Wells opener, but he hit back to pull off a 1-6 6-4 6-4 victory. Kohlschreiber has not dropped a set since then, scoring a superb win over second seed, Marin Cilic, whom he has now beaten seven times in their 11 meetings, in the second round, and beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert to reach the last eight.

“I felt like the level of tennis I played in the past weeks got better and better, and then luckily here it all come together. I like the conditions. I like the weather. I think I played some good tennis here already in the past, so I knew it could be a good tournament for me,” Kohlschreiber said.

With over 20 top-ten wins to his name, and victories over Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on his CV, Kohlschreiber has always had the reputation of being a dangerous floater- but it can be argued that he should perhaps have achieved a lot better than he has managed, given the abilities of the man. Kohlschreiber has a career-high ranking of No. 16, and is a veteran of 17 ATP finals, winning 8 titles. The 34-year-old has picked up an ATP title in each of the last four seasons. His one trophy from last season came in Kitzbuhel, while other notable results were a final in Marrakech, ATP 500 semi-finals in Hamburg and Vienna, a fourth-round run at the US Open.

Kohlschreiber is seeking his first ever semi-final at Masters 1000 level, but he must take down an in-form Juan Martin del Potro to achieve that milestone. Their head-to-head is very interesting- del Potro won their first six meetings, the last of which was in 2013, while Kohlschreiber has taken the last two, both in straight sets, both in 2016. Del Potro though, boasts a 5-0 record on hard courts, although three of those matches have gone the distance. Kohlschreiber has certainly competed very well against del Potro over the years.

As well as Kohlschreiber has played this week, del Potro has also been in terrific form over the last few weeks, and I would expect the Argentine’s best to be too good for the German. Kohlschreiber has a wonderful skillset, with shots all over the court- serve, forehand, and a fine single-handed backhand, but del Potro’s forehand is a match-winner on its own, while he is getting more and more confident on his backhand wing. The sheer weight of shot from the Tower of Tandil should power him into the Indian Wells semi-finals.

Juan Martin del Potro vs Philipp Kohlschreiber is live from Indian Wells on Friday, 16 March from 2:00pm local time/ 10:00pm DST


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