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Del Potro: 'It's going to be tough to beat Roger Federer on grass'

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by Gatto Luigi

Tennis - The Argentinean player says Roger is smart to skip Roland Garros

Juan Martin del Potro is satisfied with the level he played at so far in Rome, where he reached the quarter finals after beating Grigor DimitrovKyle Edmund and Kei Nishikori. Comparing his current game than last year, the Argentinean said: 'I think I'm playing better, for sure. Last year I was trying to win couple of matches in this moment of the year, and now I'm beating good guys, I'm playing well, and I think my game can still improving week by week. It's going to be a big challenge to me playing three tournaments on clay in a row after many years, so I think I have many things positive to think. I like clay. But I need time to adapt all my game on this surface. I made good results in the past. I made semifinals at the French Open one year, and I made semis in Madrid, quarters in Rome, so I won couple of tournaments on clay. I always play good tennis in this surface, but if I had to take one, I keep taking hard or grass.'

Del Potro has done some selective scheduling in these past couple of years just to try to peak at the right times. What do you think of Roger's decision to skip all the clay tournaments to save up his energy and health for grass and hard courts? 'If you had the ranking to do that and you have the game to quit some tournaments and then come back and keep winning the tournament, it's a good decision. Roger is very smart. His team are smart. For sure, it's going to be difficult for us to beat Roger on grass court because he's going to be in good shape, he's going to be free mentally, and I think he's doing in good way his career at this time.'

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