2017 Rome AT - Djokovic VS Del Potro

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victor?

Poll closed May 19, 2017.
  1. Nole in 2

    7 vote(s)
    20.6%
  2. Nole in 3

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  3. Delpo in 2

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  4. Delpo in 3

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  1. RF-18

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    H2h 13-4 in favour of Novak.

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    Great entertainment guaranteed. :) Good luck to both.

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  3. Newcomer

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    Djokovic in 2, and probably will not even be close. This is how the match will be-Del Potro will try to hit as hard as possible with his forehand, Djokovic will push everything and most likely Del Potro will make a lot of errors. I have no idea how Del Potro beat him in the Olympics, but no way he is going to do it on such a slow surface.
     
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  4. Tennis wizard

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    Novak defence is nowhere near as good as it once was... in fact, Novak has had to play far from aggressive than usual to win points ... delpo forehand will hit Novak off the court
     
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  5. Newcomer

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    Yet Djokovic beat him already twice this year. Maybe Del Potro will try to give a fight, but he can't win a whole match.
     
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  6. cc0509

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    I haven't watched any of the Rome matches so far so I don't know how Djokovic or Del Potro look at this tournament but I'll go with Del Potro in three.
     
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  7. JoelSandwich

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    Expect it to go 3 either way.
     
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  8. rainingaces

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    Judging by last week at any stretch Delpo has a better chance to beat Nadal.

    Hopefully 90% Delpo is good enough to beat 80% Djokovic.
     
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  9. TheGhostOfAgassi

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    Delpo had 6 UE and 26 winners in the Kei match. Kei didnt play bad either. Delpo has a shot since Novak not in top form. A very interesting match. How nice having Delpo back.
     
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  10. I Am Finnish

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    I expect a 3 setter

    Djokovic will prevail
     
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  11. TheGhostOfAgassi

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    Delpo FH was incredible really in the Kei match. Nice heavy FH, and precise too.
     
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  12. TheAssassin

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    Sweet match-up.

    Hopefully Novak beats Del Potro, Acapulco style.
     
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  13. Fedeonic

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    Novak in 3 as always, Delpo to run on fumes in the 3rd as always.
     
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  14. I Am Finnish

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    Del porto plays good & djokovic is decent he plays better than in mc & Madrid tho
     
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  15. Meles

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    Delpo looking much better than their earlier encounters this year. He's got momentum coming off a great match with Nishikori. Delpo 2.0 has bigger serve and bigger forehand. Not slicing nearly as much with backhand now on clay. Delpo in 3. Nole in great form considering the clay debacle before Rome so this should be a great match.:p
     
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  16. I Am Finnish

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    Im still hearing djokovic is eating fish again
     
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  17. BeatlesFan

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    I agree Nole's defense is really diminished. But Del Po has done nothing all year and has been an UE machine. Nole will definitely find a way to punish Del Po's BH.

    Would love to see Del Po catch on fire and win Rome and RG!!! Chances of that happening are about 1%.
     
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  18. BeatlesFan

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    He's back eating meat, and so is Jelena. He announced that back at IW.
     
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  19. SeeingDusk

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    If that happens, you'll be a very rich man.
     
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  20. SpinDr.

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    Going with my heart on this one. Delpo in 3.
     
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  21. TheMusicLover

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    Hoping for JMDP in three.
     
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  22. Gary Duane

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    Novak in 3. But rooting for DelPo...
     
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    Delpo - Djoko to destroy each other and the winner gives a walkover in the semis.
     
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  24. malbaker86

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    Novak in 3. Will be an "aight" match
     
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  25. tennis_pro

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    Del Potro was good against a half-decent Nishikori today but Djokovic's form was nothing less against Agut.

    Clay favors Djokovic more, he should win this in 2 or 3 sets. Expect a high quality match!
     
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  26. Poisoned Slice

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    Add me to the Djokovic in 3 bandwagon.
     
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  27. Gytha

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    Come on Delpo you big beautiful *******.
     
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  28. mightyrick

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    This match will be nothing but Djokovic going to Del Potro's backhand. Djokovic won't even need to come to net. Just keep hitting to the Del Potro backhand until he floats one long... or coughs up a sitter... and then hit it into the open court.

    I think Djokovic wins this in straight sets.
     
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  29. Mainad

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    8 years ago, Djokovic and Del Potro also met in the quarter-finals of 2009 Rome with Djokovic winning in straight sets. Their only other clay encounter was in the 3rd round of 2011 RG with Del Potro managing to take 1 set. Can he continue to improve against Djokovic on clay and take 2 sets tomorrow?
     
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  30. ruerooo

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    You sound fun.

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  31. 3fees

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    I like both players, Djokovic seems to slowly coming out of his swoon, Djo in 2 or 3

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  32. joekapa

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    He did ?
     
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  33. K-H

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    At this stage, Djokovic is more likely to float one long or cough up a sitter. He's been trying to play more aggressive to avoid that. So I don't think he'll go back to being conservative.
     
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    JM Del GOATro in three...he was close on HCs twice after his long layoff. He will get his breaks with amor y paz's still weak second serving (barely 50% points won vs less aggressive opponents Bedene and RBA). The key will be defending his own serve a bit better...broken seven times in 35 service games vs Dimitrov, Edmund and Injurkori.
     
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  35. heninfan99

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    I think Pepevic takes it in three. Cheering for Delpo tho.
     
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  36. NatF

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    Most likely scenario IMO. Hoping for the big guy.
     
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  37. Fed881981

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    Guys, how is Djokovic playing so far in this tournament? (I know that he only played two matches).
     
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  38. chjtennis

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    Tough one to call. I think Delpo has a good chance to beat Djokovic here. Still, not too confident to say Delpo will beat him with certainty. It is a 50-50 match. I have to pick one, so I'll pick Del Potro.
     
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  39. Krish872007

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    This match just became a lot more important.

    Novak's chance at redemption coming up, or Del Potro to blast through to the SFs (or further)?
     
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  40. I Am Finnish

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    better than in mc & madrid but del potro is very good too
     
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  41. BeatlesFan

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    Yes, Novak is back on meat. From MTF:

    "Bogdan Obradovic Serbian Davis Cup team Coach said in the interview for Spain newspapers (which was translated and publish in Serbian newspapers as well) that Novak finally started to eat meat. He blamed his vegan diet and influence of Pepe for his bad form this year. He said that even little changes in tennis, like changing your racket can affect your game drastically and that Novak changed his whole routine and diet and that affected him badly. He also said that Novak was more meditating then practicing and that he is his own enemy, he added that he has nothing against meditation but that you also have to go to practice and hit the ball million times as well."
     
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  42. chjtennis

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    Is this for real? Unbelievable.
     
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  43. Djokovic_is_the_best#1

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    Hopefully Djokovic gets it done! Will be a good match to watch though.
     
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  44. 3fees

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    This Match got more interesting Nadal is outski.

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  45. Gazelle

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    Delpo shouldn't be losing against Djokovic. He's already choked away enough matches against the Serb.
     
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  46. Newcomer

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    And will choke again. Djokovic is just winning this tournament, I don't see anyone in this draw who can stop him. Hope there will be a bit more competition in RG, otherwise Djokovic will easily take a second title there.
     
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  47. TheGhostOfAgassi

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    No choking Delpo or I will have a break from watching your matches again :mad:
    Yesterday was so good, the player imo that had the best play. But I guess its a 50% chance we will see something like that again today:eek:
     
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  48. marc45

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    Newcomer feeling his troll game early...RG is best of 5 though, so pace yourself :)
     
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  49. abmk

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    its time !
     
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  50. 3fees

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    Eating Meat again..

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    Stringertom burger :eek:

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