|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
|J Del Potro||4||6||-||-||-|
- - So Benoit Paire scores the biggest win of his career and is through to the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters where he will face either compatriot Jeremy Chardy or Spaniard Marcel Granollers.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 6-7(3) - GAME, SET & MATCH! And sure enough the Frenchman does wrap up the match, at the first time of asking, with an emphatic smash winner down the line.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 6-6 (3-6) - TIE-BREAK! An ace from Paire puts him within two points from victory, and he only narrowly misses making that four match points when his running forehand down the line just catches the very top of the tape. Another brilliant drop shot from the Frenchman, a backhand does bring up match points on the next point.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 6-6 (2-4) - TIE-BREAK! Paire is left shaking his head in frustration when he goes for the drop shot off the wrong ball for a chance and slices his backhand into the net. Still DelPo returns the favour with a routine forehand long of the baseline before the Argentine is against left annoyed by umpire Bernades when another tight call goes against him. DelPo then goes wide with a forehand down the line to hand Paire the mini-break at the change of ends.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 6-6 - Another fantastic drop shot from Paire, comfortably beating DelPo for pace yet again, brings up three game points. And sure enough the Frenchman does hold to love, when DelPo does wide and long with a forehand return, to force the tie-break.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 6-5 - DelPo absolutely nails a forehand winner, his best of the match, to hold and force Paire to serve to stay in this set for a second time. The Argentine has ensure he will get a look at a tie-break at the very least.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 5-5 - An absolutely fantastic pick-up from Paire on the half-volley, the Frenchman producing a forehand winner to seal another hold to 15. Pressure of serving to stay in the set? What pressure?
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 5-4 – Paire has a look at earning himself a break point but can only send his backhand return of serve (off a second serve) whistling long of the baseline before also sending a second serve return of serve, this time on the forehand wing, long to allow DelPo to hold. The Frenchman will have to serve to stay in this set after the change of ends.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 4-4 – Paire misses a backhand down the line to squander the chance of a love service hold but again he quickly makes amends and holds on the next point to level up again. Pressure back on DelPo at the other end of the net.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 4-3 – Paire goes down on the baseline after a running forehand, allowing DelPo an easy forehand volley put-away to bring up two game points. He only needs the one though and holds once again to leave himself potentially just two games away from levelling this match. He needs to make an impact on the Frenchman’s serve though, something he has not really managed yet.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 3-3 – DelPo leaps up inside the baseline for a second serve only to smack his backhand return well long of the baseline and the Frenchman posts another comfortable hold.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 3-2 – Del Potro squanders a first game point with a forehand long but an emphatic smash from the six foot six Argentine at the second time of asking sees him sneak ahead once more.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 2-2 – Paire holds with little trouble to level up once more in the early stages of this second set.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 2-1 – A great backhand return of serve across court followed by a forehand winner down the line from Paire sees him level at 30-30. But DelPo brings up a game point with an inside-out, cross-court forehand winner before sealing the game with an ace.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 1-1 - Del Potro produces a sensational lob winner to take the opening point of the game but Paire recovers quickly, a backhand winner and an unorthodox sliced forehand drop shot winner helping the Frenchman hold for the loss of just that one point.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 1-0 – DelPo makes an emphatic start to the second set as he holds to love with a series of huge first serves.
- - DEL POTRO 4-6 – SET! DelPo drops his backhand drop shot attempt just short, and into the net, despite a golden opportunity to go 0-30 up against the Paire serve. Instead Paire earns himself two set points, and capitalises on the first. The Frenchman seals the set emphatically and DelPo has barely got going so yet.
- - DEL POTRO 4-5 – BREAK! The perfect lob from Paire lands just inside the baseline despite the Frenchman being completely off-balance and leaning backwards at the time. Del Potro is pretty confident Paire’s backhand has gone long on the next point but the umpire, Carlos Bernades, comes down to check and gives the point to the Frenchman. It brings up two more break points, Paire only needing one when DelPo goes long with a backhand. Paire will serve for the opening set.
- - DEL POTRO 4-4 – BREAK! Del Potro races up to an ill-advised drop shot from Paire and whips his forehand across court, the Frenchman only able to put his forehand volley wide on the reply. That helps DelPo on his way to break back points, and he takes advantage of the first with a forehand winner.
- - DEL POTRO 3-4 – DelPo finds just his fourth winner of the match so far, a forehand down the line to bring up two game points. Paire responds with a backhand winner whipped across court to deny the Argentine on the first before pulling a forehand wide across court to help DelPo hold.
- - DEL POTRO 2-4 – Such is DelPo’s reach at the net that he hangs on to a backhand passing shot from Paire and manages to get his backhand volley back in play. The Frenchman does well, however, and eventually comes up with a backhand winner down the line before holding to consolidate the break with another ace.
- - DEL POTRO 2-3 – BREAK! A shockingly poor game from DelPo hands Paire to early break points. But the Frenchman only needs the one as DelPo pulls a backhand well wide across court.
- - DEL POTRO 2-2 – Another hold of serve goes the way of Paire as he finds his second ace of the day to seal the game.
- - DEL POTRO 2-1 - DelPo squanders the chance to post another hold to 15 when he loops a forehand long of the baseline, but it's only a temporary lapse from the Argentine as he does secure the hold on the next point when Paire cannot cope with the power behind Del Potro's forehand and nets.
- - DEL POTRO 1-1 - "Anything you can do, I can do better..."! Paire goes one better than Del Potro and holds to love for his opening game of the match.
- - DEL POTRO 1-0 - The seventh seed gets this clash underway with a pretty straightforward hold of serve, including an ace and a forehand winner.
- - These two have never faced each other before so expect the first few games to see them moving each other around the court and trying to establish some kind of dominance in the match.
- - Our next featured match will see seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro taking on Frenchman Benoit Paire.
|Date of Birth||23/09/1988|
|Date of Birth||08/05/1989|