Nicolas Mahut vs Juan Martin Del Potro Tennis Prediction
Juan Martin Del Potro leads the H2H 3-0, but this will be their first meeting on clay. The Argentinian is different class and will start as the overwhelming favorite, but his fitness condition (groin) will have a significant say in deciding the outcome of this match.
Juan Martin Del Potro News
Juan Martin Del Potro was forced to retire from his recent match against David Goffin in the round of 16 at the Rome Masters two weeks back (trailing 2-6 5-4), citing a groin issue. It is to be seen if the Argentinian has fully recovered and able to move freely on the court.
World #6 Juan Martin Del Potro has entered only two clay tournaments in the run-up to the French Open and lost the second round matches in both of them, to Dusan Lajovic in Madrid and David Goffin in Rome.
Nevertheless, it’s a hugely successful season for Juan Martin Del Potro, having won the title at Acapulco and maiden Masters title at Indian Wells. He became the first player to beat Roger Federer this season (in the final of Indian Wells).
Del Potro has entered French Open seven times in the past, and despite not feeling too comfortable on clay, he has managed to reach the semifinal once in 2009 and quarterfinal once in 2012, losing to Roger Federer on both occasions.
Nicolas Mahut News
Nicolas Mahut receives the French Open wildcard for the record eighth time. This is also the 12th time he is entering the main draw of a grand slam with the wildcard.
So far he has failed to justify the wildcard selection as he could not progress beyond the third round of French Open in his previous 18 appearances. In fact, reaching the round of 16 once in Wimbledon is his career-best result in a grand slam.
Nicolas Mahut is currently on a three-match losing run and will be looking to avoid his second consecutive first-round exit in Paris when he takes on Juan Martin Del Potro this Tuesday (lost to Simone Bolelli in the first round of 2017 edition).
Tennis Prediction: over 3.5 SETS