Mercedes Cup 2016: Kohlschreiber vs. Del Potro Semifinal Prediction

Semifinal Prediction:

[WC] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. [7] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Philipp Kohlschreiber has reached the Halle final twice on grass claiming one title.  Juan Martin del Potro won a bronze medal at the 2012 olympic games and reached the 2013 Wimbledon semifinal.  Both players have had good results on grass, but I’d say Kohlschreiber is the more natural grass court player.  Del Potro is the overall more accomplished player having won the 2009 US Open crown and having reached the final 8 or better at all 4 majors.

Tennis fans have been wanting Juan Martin del Potro back to his 2008 and 2009 level for a long time.  He had a renaissance in 2012 and 2013, but JMDP did not quite get back before injuries again set his career back.  A win here would place JMDP into a tournament final and perhaps hint at yet another rise.  If JMDP can hit his spots serving, I like his chances to beat Kohlschreiber in his home country.

My Prediction: Juan Martin del Potro d. Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

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