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Del Potro vs Gasquet ATP Shanghai live streaming, preview and tips - Del Potro looks to battle past Gasquet in the Shanghai Masters

  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Richard Gasquet is live from Shanghai from around 14:20 local time on Wednesday (07:20 BST).
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Porto takes on Richard Gasquet in the Round of 32 in the Shanghai Masters, with the Argentine looking to continue what has been a very impressive season.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro comes into the Shanghai Open on the back of a good season. A third -round exit at the Australia Open was followed by a much-improved run at the French Open, with a run to the semi-final preceding a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon. The US Open proved to be del Potro’s most successful Grand Slam of the year, with a run to the final seeing the Argentine beaten 6-3, 6-7, 3-6 by Novak Djokovic in the showpiece event. Despite losing in the final, it has been a very good year for del Potro, and the star will be looking to carry his form into the 2019 season. 

Richard Gasquet has had a markedly different 2018 to del Potro, with his longest run in a Grand Slam competition coming in a third-round exit at the Australian, French and US Open, while he was eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon. His record of just six wins and four losses at major events this year portrays how difficult things have been for the 32-year-old this season, although he has a chance at the Shanghai Masters to put some of this right. 

Del Potro has a fairly good record at the Shanghai Masters winning seven of the 11 matches he has played in, with an appearance in the 2013 final his best run at the competition so far. Gasquet on the other hand has not been quite as good at the competition, winning nine of his 17 matches there, with the quarter-finals the furthest he has gotten.

The two have met seven times throughout their careers, with del Potro dominating the clashes. Gasquet won the first match between the two at Indian Wells back in 2007, but he has since lost in six straight contests, with the last meeting between the two seeing del Potro win 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 at the Tour Finals. 

Del Potro has enjoyed a very impressive season so far, and he will be looking to add more honours to his name. With the likes of Roger Federer and co steadily growing older, del Potro may yet get his time in the sun. It should be noted though that the Argentine is now 30-years-old, and if he is to be at the top for an extended period of time, he needs to take that final big step up, with games like this ones he should target. 

For Gasquet, this is a massive test that he has not passed in his last six attempts. The Frenchman has been a mainstay of the tennis circuit for over a decade without ever really lighting the sport up. A win over del Potro would constitute a major upset, but while he should not be discounted, the level the Argentine is currently playing at along with their recent meetings suggests there is little hope for the Frenchman. 

Del Potro vs Gasquet Shanghai Masters tennis is live from Shanghai on Wednesday at 14:20 local time (07:20 BST).

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Juan Martin del Potro is looking to progress in the Shanghai Masters as he takes on Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the tournament

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