Del Potro vs Karlovic – Second match of the finals ta the Davis Cup will play the best Argentinian tennis player J.M. Del Potro and Croatian „bomber“ I. Karlovic. How things develop in this match, will be a lot influenced by the first match between Cilic and Delbonis, but it is quite obvious that both players will do their best so they could win important points for their national teams. Begins: 25.11.2016. – 16:00 CET
J.M. Del Potro
At the beginning of this season Del Potro was at the 590th position at the ATP rankings, and currently he is at 38th position which clearly speaks in favour of his big improvement. Of course, a lot of injuries made their impact so Argentinian was forced to get back to the very top of world’s tennis more than once, where he certainly deserves a spot. His best ranking in career he had six years ago when he was 4th player in the world, and so far, he managed to win 19 titles one of which is from this season and it was from the tournament in Stockholm, where he was better than J. Sock in finals with result (7:5 6:1).
Del Potro also had a solid performance at the US Open, where he got to the quarterfinals where he was stopped by K. Nishikori, and another good result he achieved at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro where he won silver medal after he lost final match to A. Murray. His return performance after injury he had at the tournament in Delray Beach, where he got to the semi-finals where better than him was S. Querrey, and after that he also played semi-finals in Stuttgart where he was stopped by P. Kohlschreiber.
Karlovic is currently 20th player in the world which is very close to his best rankings from 2008 when he was at 14th position at the ATP rankings. Although he is in his late years for a player, Karlovic still plays in a very good shape since his style of game is based on first serve that does not require great physical effort. So far in 16 years of his professional career Karlovic had 11.572 aces, and by this he is convincingly the first player in the world.
Besides that, he managed to win eight professional titles, two of which are from this season, and those he won at the tournaments in Newport and Los Cabos, where in final matches he won over G. Muller and F. Lopez, and he also played finals at the tournament in Washington, where better than him was G. Monfils. He had a solid performance at recently played tournament in Vienna, where he got to the semi-finals where J.W. Tsonga stopped him, and worth mentioning performance is one from the US Open, where he played fourth round match that he lost to K. Nishikori.
J.M. Del Potro vs. I. Karlovic PICK
In previous five mutual matches Del Potro was by far more successful and he celebrated four times, while Karlovic was better only once. Last match these two played this season in quarterfinals of the tournament in Stockholm, and Del Potro convincingly won with result (6:3 6:4). No matter that Karlovic currently has somewhat better rankings at the ATP, Argentinian is favourite in this match. Karlovic will have great support from his fans, but in order to win over Del Potro he is going to serve as good as he never did before.
Pick: over 3.5 sets
Odds: 1.65 at unibet (down to 1.60 can be played)