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With quarterfinal berth one victory away – the action will obviously get hotter and stiffer at the prestigious All England Club, but it would reach another level of excitement and expectations, when David Ferrer and Juan Martin Del Potro will be up against each other. Yes, there are some apparent factors to support this preposition because any contest becomes more than just interesting, when the opponents are loaded with some contrasting attributes. While Del Potro is blessed with one of the most devastating forehands on the ATP World Tour, David Ferrer has become synonymous with swiftness and agility – something that makes him such a potent force among those who are gifted with apt height and physique which obviously come handy in a sport like tennis. If Del Potro can hit with reckless power from the back of the court, Ferrer can leave his opponents in a trance by creating those awe-inspiring angles. So, brace yourself for this tremendous contest when these two ATP stars will set the court on fire on Monday.
After earning straight sets victories in the first two rounds here at Wimbledon against Brown and Schepper respectively, Ferrer faced a stiff challenge in the third round against former World No. 1 Andy Roddick. The Spaniard was lagging behind with 0-4 in the first set and went on to lose it, but then he regrouped nicely and did not look back until he earned a four-setter victory over the American and set up this clash with the lanky Argentine. Interestingly, Del Potro was tested in the first two rounds at Wimbledon, as he won both contests in four sets, but in his third-round, he outplayed the Japanese contender Nishikori and emerged victorious in straight sets.
Currently ranked as World No. 5 in the ATP Rankings, David Ferrer is usually known for his red-clay exploits – like typical Spaniards. But, over the years he has shown his ability to adapt to different surfaces easily. The Spaniard turned professional in 2000 and has won 15 career titles so far including 4 this season. He has a tremendous 46-8 win-loss record for the season. He reached the semi-final of the French Open last month. His best showings at Wimbledon are fourth-round appearances in 2006, 2010, 2011 and this year. Though, Ferrer has not any special weapon in his artillery but he is an eternal fighter, who gives his 100% every time he hits the court. This is the reason why no one affords to go a bit complacent against him.
Juan Martin Del Potro stands tall among the present breed of players, not because he is 6ft 6in tall, but because he became the first player to beat both Nadal and Federer in a slam in 2009, when he stunned the tennis world by winning the US Open title. Del Potro had a little time to celebrate that triumph before his surge was badly hit by recurring injuries. But, it seems that the Argentine has left that scary past behind and ready to script a new success story. Del Potro is back in the Top 10 – credit goes to his tremendous consistency in the new season. With 40-9 win-loss record and 2 titles in 2012 – Del Potro is certainly a contender to beat in the new season.
In head-to-head, Ferrer leads with 4-2 against the Argentinean. Last time they met in Miami Masters this year, where Ferrer topped Del Potro in straight sets. This will be there second meeting on grass and we can expect some grueling tennis action or to say in a precise words – a thrilling five setter.
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