Juan Martin Del Potro is a man in form. The Argentine is on a 13 match winning streak which includes his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells last week and his performance against a below-par Kei Nishikori this even has fully put his name in winners circle once again.
Del Potro was quick out of the blocks, there was no messing about or let off by the Argentine who served big and found his feet pretty quickly as he continued his great form to see off Nishikori 6-2 6-2.
Kei didn’t look sharp at all, he looked lost and dis-spirited quite quickly as his body language showed in what was a match too soon for him and is now expected not to return until Madrid in the first week of May which probably is for the best to prepare properly for the clay court season.
Despite 6-2 6-2 I wouldn’t say Del Po was at his best and he didn’t need to be and it’s not a bad thing as bigger challenges will come as the tournament progresses.
The form he is in right now does set up nicely going forward no matter what happens during the rest of this tournament. Del Potro never plays a full clay court season and he wants to stay fit for the year so I’d expect a couple of Masters before Roland Garros but now focus on the now as he aims to be the 8th man to complete the sunshine double in the same year.
All smiles from Del Po!