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Del Potro vs Goffin ATP Rome live streaming, preview and tips - Del Potro continues comeback against Goffin in Rome

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 16 May 2019
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs David Goffin is live from Rome around 1.00pm local time on Thursday (12.00pm BST)
  • Goffin has won three of their four previous encounters
Juan Martin del Potro (PA Images)

Juan Martin del Potro continues his comeback from a knee injury when he takes on former top 10 player David Goffin in the second round of the Rome Masters on Thursday.

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Juan Martin del Potro’s second-round match against David Goffin was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to heavy rain. The winner will face Nick Kyrgios or Casper Ruud in the third round later on Thursday on Court 1.

Playing just his third tournament of the season, Juan Martin del Potro must overturn a 1-3 record against David Goffin to register his first win since February when the pair square off in the second round of the Rome Masters on Thursday.

A two-time quarter-finalist in Rome in 2009 and 2017, losing on both occasions to Novak Djokovic, del Potro says he isn’t looking for a deep run a the tournament this week - rather he’s focusing on getting through his matches unscathed, and anything else will be a bonus.

“To be honest, I'm not looking for a good result of the tournament. I just want to feel good on court, and that will be my best moment of this tournament. Doesn't matter if I win right now because I'm starting to play again,” del Potro said before the tournament.
“If I play good, if I play another match and I close the match in good shape, it will be great for me.”

As has been too often the case, injury cut down del Potro just as the Argentine was playing some of the best tennis of his career. It certainly wasn’t as bad as the four wrist surgeries he’s undergone since winning his one and only Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open back in 2009, but it was a huge momentum-killer after del Potro compiled the most consistent season of his career last year, with the 30-year-old falling and fracturing his kneecap at the Shanghai Masters in October, costing him his spot at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals and forcing him out of the Australian Open, Acapulco Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo and other tournaments in 2019 as he didn’t get the chance to defend the 500-level Abierto Mexicano Telcel and Indian Wells Masters tournaments he won last year.

Del Potro also made the semi-finals of the French Open, quarter-finals of Wimbledon and Cincinnati and finished runner-up in Los Cabos before he made his second major final at the U.S. Open, beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals before falling to Djokovic in the final. Up to a career-high ranking of No. 3 after making the final of the China Open, del Potro has since dropped to No. 9 after playing just two tournaments in 2019, making the quarter-finals in Delray Beach and losing in his opening match in Madrid last week to Laslo Djere. Can del Potro return to the winners circle in Rome on Thursday?

David Goffin (PA Images)
David Goffin stands in his way. The Belgian has always played well in Rome, making the quarter-finals in three of his four previous appearances and scoring wins over the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych (a 6-0 6-0 thrashing in 2016), Marco Cecchinato and del Potro himself over the years, while he added Stan Wawrinka to that list as he came back from a set down and finished very strongly against the Swiss, prevailing 4-6 6-0 6-2 to sail into the second round.


It’s an important stage of the season for Goffin, who has spent almost his entire season outside the top 20, and if he doesn’t defend his quarter-final points in Rome, he risks sliding even further down the rankings. Goffin has made semi-finals of 250 events in Marseille and Estoril, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas both times, but he’s lost in the opening round of Doha, Montpellier, Rotterdam, Indian Wells, Barcelona and Madrid and is generally nowhere near the sort of level he produced in 2017, when he won back-to-back titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo and finished runner-up at the Nitto ATP Finals, beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as he hit a career-high ranking of No. 7.

Injuries played a part, but poor form has also contributed to Goffin’s tumble out the top 20. However, the good news for the Belgian is that he’s won three out of four previous meetings against del Potro, including a victory via retirement in Rome last year. His speedy and compact game has troubled del Potro before, and with the Argentine still easing his way back into competition, this is a match Goffin should win as he looks to generate some much-needed momentum this season.


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Del Potro vs Goffin ATP Rome live streaming, preview and tips - Del Potro continues comeback against Goffin in Rome

Juan Martin del Potro continues his comeback from a knee injury when he takes on former top 10 player David Goffin in the second round of the Rome Masters on Thursday.

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