This match features two players who have not dropped a single set en route to the final four at Wimbledon 2013. Djokovic is a 6 time major champion and the 2011 Wimbledon champion. Del Potro defeated Djokovic at the 2012 Olympic Games hosted at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and in their most recent showdown at Indian Wells. This is a heavyweight match as Djokovic boasts the best return game in men’s tennis, one of the top backhands in men’s tennis and the number one ranking. Del Potro has proven he can win a Grand Slam title and has tennis’ biggest forehand.
Keys to the Match: Both men need to have a good serving day to win. Del Potro can dictate play if he gets a chance to crack returns. At 6’6″ Del Potro can dictate play even against a returner as accomplished at Nole if his serve is clicking. Delpo is not a great defensive player so good first strikes in points are critical to his chances. Djokovic can make life hard on the Argentine if he serves and returns well enough to keep JMDP off balance.
Beyond their serving, Juan Martin del Potro will have to move well. He’s not going to move as well as Nole, but the smaller the relative advantage the better for JMDP.
Djokovic will need to avoid a let down like he had to start the 2nd set of his match vs. Berdych. On grass, Delpo will consolidate two breaks into a set.
Prediction: I think Novak Djokovic advances to his second Wimbledon final by defeating Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
I don’t think it will be as one-sided as the 2012 US Open, but I expect Nole to advance.