Federer to put skids on Del Potro’s progress at Australian Open

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Juan Martin del Potro stated that it would be a good Australian Open if he was still alive in the tournament in the second week as he continues his recovery from a problematic wrist injury.

The Argentine has made relatively light work of reaching the quarter finals, but he now faces his first big test of the Grand Slam against Roger Federer.

At the peak of his game in 2009, Del Potro beat Federer twice in final-set deciders and if fully fit in Melbourne he could be a given a real chance of progress.

However, as this is not the case, Federer looks a banker to emerge victorious at 3/10 in the Australian Open odds and gain some revenge for his defeat in the final of the US Open to Del Potro in 2009.

Federer has triumphed in nine of his 11 clashes with Del Potro and represents the first seeded opponent to face him this year in Melbourne.

The world number three will have learnt from the past and will surely play from just within the baseline in the hope of preventing Del Potro taking the lead in rallies.

Federer has already dealt with a similarly large opponent in Ivo Karlovic in the third round and will again look to keep Del Potro on his toes and moving around the court, as he did when dismantling him 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 at the Australian Open three years ago.

Del Potro has improved since and is capable of taking a set of Federer, as he did as part of his comeback into the big league against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, but probably lacks the stamina to go beyond four sets.

It is 5/2 in the Australian Open betting that Federer wins 3-1 and drops a first set of the tournament, while as the Swiss star has tended to start slowly in Melbourne, the 4/1 on Federer losing the first set but winning the match could appeal.

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Craig Kemp

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