Del Potro Challenged By Frenchman In Lyon
(mar., 23 mai 2017)
Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro remained perfect against opponents ranked outside the Top 6 of the
Emirates ATP Rankings on Tuesday at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon.
The Argentine broke lucky loser Quentin Halys of France four times to advance 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 36
minutes. Del Potro was aced 12 times but won 80 per cent of his first-serve points (35/44) and saved three of four break points against the 20-year-old #NextGenATP Frenchman.
The 6'6" del Potro improves to 5-1 on clay this season, following his quarter-final run last week at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (l. to Djokovic). Overall, del Potro, No. 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is 11-5 on the
year, with his handful of losses coming against Top 6 opponents – Federer, Raonic and three defeats against Djokovic. Del Potro will next face Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias.
Brit Kyle Edmund will face fifth seed Gilles Simon after coming back from a set down to advance past
Brazil's Thiago Monteiro 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Edmund and Simon have split their two FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with the 22-year-old Edmund taking their most recent contest
last June at The Queen's Club in London.
#NextGenATP Russian Karen Khachanov won nearly 70 per cent of his second-serve return points to advance past
Argentina's Renzo Olivo 6-2, 6-4. Khachanov will next meet Aussie Jordan Thompson.
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Kyrgios Envious Of Zverev's Discipline
(mar., 23 mai 2017) Nick Kyrgios expressed his envy at his friend Alexander Zverev’s discipline after the #NextGenATP star’s stunning win at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Kyrgios beat Zverev in back-to-back weeks as he made the quarter-finals in Indian Wells and the semi-finals in Miami earlier in the year. But while he holds the edge in
their budding FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry (2-0), the Australian has high hopes for his 20-year-old friend, who clinched his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Rome.
“He’s been playing great tennis,” said Kyrgios. “He has a massive future ahead. I actually envy him in a way. He does all the right things. He’s very professional. That’s obviously
something I don’t quite tick the box for. He’s done all the right things. He’s going to have a great career. He’s younger than me as well. It’s going to be exciting to watch him play. I’m sure
I’ll play him a lot more times.”
After being forced to miss Rome, Kyrgios returns to action this week at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon,
where he is set to play his opening match against qualifier Nicolas Kicker later on Tuesday.
Talking to ATPWorldTour.com, the Australian said while he draws confidence from his wins over Novak
Djokovic earlier in the season, as well as his three-set epic with Roger Federer in the Miami semi-finals, his
primary focus for the coming weeks is to stay healthy.
“I think the one thing I just need to improve on is my health and my body,” said Kyrgios. “I’ve got to get it physically right and stay healthy to play events. I think my game at the moment
is in the right frame of mind. I can play some really good tennis. My level is there, I just need to stay healthy.”
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