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Placed at No.11 in the ATP rankings, Del Potro has not been able to live up to his billing since winning his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open in 2009. The 23-year old Argentine has 10 career titles to his name and has managed to win two titles this year as well - one in Marseille and the other at the Estoril Open. At the Aussie Open in January, he fell to Roger Federer in the quarters. His win-loss record stands at 28-6, which characterizes his form this year. He would be looking to add a first Masters trophy to his trophy collection in Madrid. In the last round he outplayed Marin Cilic 6-2,6-4.
On the other side of the court, Dolgopolov has had slightly disappointing year so far having slipped four places in the ranking charts. Dolgopolov actually had quite the bright start to his year as he reached the finals at the Brisbane International only to be beaten by Andy Murray. That helped him reach No.13 in the charts. Since then however, the Ukaranian has failed to deliver and hadn't made the quarterfinal stage of any event before this one. He comes into this match having upset former Aussie Open finalist - Jo-wilfried Tsonga. Dolgopolov has a win-loss record of 15-9 this year and will be looking to improve on it.
Del Potro leads their head-to-head count by two to nothing, but this is their first match against one another on clay.
TennisEarth Predicts a close win for Del Potro.
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