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By Akshay Kohli
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Not many would have expected a semi-final show down between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro in the upper half of the draw. But as we can see Djokovic lived up to his seeding whereas Scot Andy Murray couldn’t! It is all because of the Argentine who overwhelmed the World No.3 in the quarters to set up an eleventh meeting between him and the Serb.
Keeping his unbeaten streak in 2013 alive, Novak Djokovic has been playing some flawless tennis and is looking to replicate his 2011 run. After successfully defending his Australian Open title in January, Djokovic went on to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month and would be gunning to lift this title for a third time.
After a slow start to this tournament, Djokovic has not looked back and has made real quick work of his opponents in the previous three rounds. His running forehand and a formidable backhand are a tough nut to crack from the back with the Serb possessing the ability to finish points from both flanks. The Serb is very swift and agile at the same time, making him one of the fiercest competitors to face deep into a tournament. The World No.1 lost at this very stage last year and would be focusing on extending his lead for the No.1 ranking too.
On the other side, 2009 US Open Champion Del Potro is looking to reignite the spark that helped him fetch Grand Slam glory. One of the strongest forehands on tour, the Argentine has brushed aside any challenge put in front of him here and would be looking to win his first ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Having won a tournament this year, the Argentine seems to be very confident about his abilities and is getting rewarded handsomely for it.
Beating Djokovic is not going to be an easy job for him as he the only way to beat Djokovic is by making the first move, something Del Potro does very well. Coming into this tournament with an 11-3 win-loss record, Del Potro would be gunning to crack the elusive Top-5 by the end of this year.
The two have faced 10 times before with Djokovic leading the way with an 8-2 head-to-head lead. The two met very recently in Dubai last month with Djokovic winning that match in two tight sets.
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