In a city that gave him one of the most memorable moments of his sporting life, Juan Martin Del Potro advanced to the third round of the Us Open, although it will probably not be the best memory of his performance this Thursday. The tandil, 28° in the world ranking, beat 6-2, 6-3 and 7-6 (7-3) by an unknown Spanish Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (148°) during a day in which we also present Guido Pella and Leonardo Mayer.
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“When you don’t know him, I will force you to be more attentive than normal because it can be dangerous”, had announced Delpo, after his victory in the first round before the swiss Henri Laaksonen, about his opponent this Thursday. The native of Marbella, of 31 years, we raised a boot difficult game, pull out to remove.
The parity remained until the argentine, champion at Flushing Meadows in 2009, imposed its hierarchy, broke two times in a row, in the fifth and in the seventh game and closed the first chapter 6-2 in 32 minutes of play.
Juan Martin Del Potro and Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, face-to-face and separated by the network. (AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY)
In the second chapter Of the Colt started breaking and it looked like it would take flight at cruising speed with an opponent on Tuesday in front of the local Patrick Kypson, in his debut at the US Open, had won the first victory of his career in a Grand Slam. Until here I had only accessed the main frame of one of the big four on two occasions and both had fallen in the first round (Wimbledon 2012 and Australia 2013).
However, the Spanish resisted against Delpo, which is not found regularly and offered some chances to break his opponent, who could not take advantage. Despite this, the chasm of quality between the two led to the tandil also stay with the second set 6-3 in 45 minutes.
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The poor level that the party had offered in the first two episodes, with a host of errors from both sides, did not improve in the third. The superiority of the argentine was obvious, but he couldn’t show it before the substantial european, who managed to bring the definition up to the tie-break. In that instance, Menendez-Maceiras started 3-0 up, but was pricked and allowed Delpo to add seven points in a row to put an end to the duel in two hours and 10 minutes.
The next test for Del Potro, who last year reached the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, it will be against the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (13°), who beat German Dustin Brown (116°) by Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-3 and 7-6 (7-3).
For their part, two other champions of the Davis Cup 2016 will also seek to be installed in the third round. The correntino Mayer, winner of the opening round of the French Richard Gasquet (30°), will play from 17.30 with the japanese Yuichi Sugita (44°), a rival that only faced in qualifying for the ATP Halle 2011, and won in three sets, on grass. In case of advance to the third round, the Alligator will play against Spanish Rafael Nadal (1°), one of the big candidates for the title, or the japanese Taro Daniel (121°).
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The bahiense Pella, meanwhile, won in the opening round to belgian Steve Darcis (66°) with striking ease, and it is measured with another belgian, David Goffin (14°), a rival who lost last year in the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells. The argentine earns two-sets-to-one -6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2)-. In the case of winning, the left-handed bahiense is measured in the next round with the French Gael Monfils (22°), or the american, Donald Young (57°).
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While, the other fellow still moving forward on a total of seven who entered the main draw, Diego Schwartzman (33°), will do it tomorrow for the third round. The Little one will have a difficult commitment against Croatian Marin Cilic (7°), the tournament champion in 2014.