Indian Wells: Delpo Ousts Defending Champion
Posted by gauloises1 on March 13, 2011
Can I get a HELL YEAH for what was (to my eyes) the best match that JMDP has played since his return to the tour? I can? Thank you ever so.
Juan Martin del Potro d. (14) Ivan Ljubicic, 57 64 62. HELL YEAH.
Behind Mardy Fish, that’s the highest-ranked opponent JMDP has beaten since his comeback, and he deserved it. I hear Ljubicic has a leg injury and wouldn’t have played Indian Wells were it not for the fact that he was the defending champion – but he really didn’t play a good match (excepting the third set). A couple of unforced errors in fact was all he needed to wedge open JMDP’s game and barge through for the first set.
JMDP needed to react, and he did; firstly by smashing a racquet, and secondly by immediately breaking serve at the beginning of the second set. It was good to see him demanding so much of himself and finding it, and once he had that advantage, he held on to it and refused to let it go, despite being in trouble in every subsequent service game. By the third set, he was flying. I’m not going to say he’s back to where he was, because he clearly isn’t. But he was recognisable today as the same player.
The trick of course will be to keep up this form for another match. He’ll play Alexandr Dolgopolov, after the Ukrainian beat Victor Hanescu 64 64.
As for Ljubicic, it seems harsh for the defending champion to exit in the second round, admittedly, and drawing JMDP was unlucky. But then, it was really nearly unlucky for JMDP to draw Ljubicic, so … condolences to Ljubicic and his fans. But I’m happy.
Get better soon, baldy.