World number 6 and a former Madrid semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro is off to a flying start after a 6-3 6-3 win over the struggling Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in an hour and 20 minutes. Last year at Delray Beach Juan Martin had to give his best to pass the Bosnian but it was all about him tonight, saving two out of three break points and winning 46% of the return points that earned four breaks for him, enough to book the place in the last 16.
The Argentinian had 19 winners and 20 unforced errors but Damir stood on a more negative 14-26 ratio, unable to impose his shots and move Delpo from his forehand. In addition, Juan Martin had the advantage in the shortest points and that gave him the edge on the court.
The first break of serve came in game four when Damir sent a forehand wide and he found himself 5-1 down after a backhand error in game six, unable to keep Delpo's pace from the baseline. Juan Martin served for the set in the following game but Dzumhur pulled one break back when the Argentinian netted a routine forehand.
There were no mistakes from del Potro in game nine, forcing an error from his rival to seal the set in 35 minutes. The second set started with another break from Juan Martin and he saved two break points in the following game to cement the lead and move closer to the finish line.
We saw six good holds on both sides in the rest of the set and Damir had to serve to stay in the match at 3-5. Juan Martin got his second break to end the match in a strong fashion and stay on the course for his first good result in Madrid in six years.
In one of the most anticipated second round matches, Milos Raonic has scored his first Top 10 win since Brisbane 2017 with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 triumph over the 3rd seed Grigor Dimitrov in just under two hours. This was their fifth clash and the first win for Raonic since Stockholm 2011, and he earned it with a rock solid performance on his serve.
The Canadian lost just 20 points in 15 service games and Dimitrov broke him only once from two opportunities he created. The Bulgarian won just five points less than Milos and he had a chance to break Milos in the seventh game of the decider and maybe bring the match home from there but it wasn't to be for him, dropping out in the opening match for the second time at Masters 1000 series in 2018.
Raonic created nine break points and two breaks of serve were al he needed to grab sets one and three and notch a very important win after he has been struggling with injuries for a long period of time. It was a fast and fluid match with not many deuces or break points and it kicked off with nine commanding holds on both sides and one loose service game from Grigor who had to save three break points in game five.
He fired two service winners and another good forehand to stay in touch with Milos but the Canadian found the way to score a break in game 11 with a volley winner that gave him a big lead. Serving for the set in the following game, Raonic blasted three service winners to claim the set in just 39 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the match.
From 74%, his first serve percentage fell to 55% in set number two and Grigor broke him in game four after a great cross court backhand that Milos could only place into the net. The Bulgarian had to save two break points in game seven and he did that in style, with two service winners, closing the set with a forehand drive volley winner in game nine to set up a decider.
There, they both served well until 3-3 and Grigor was the first who played a solid return game, creating a break point that could send him 4-3 up. Raonic saved it with one of his most important service winners of the match and he fired additional two to make a hold and stay in front.
With the momentum on his side, Milos scored a crucial break in the following game, hitting a forehand down the line that left Grigor with no answer and serving for the win in the next game. A forced error from Dimitrov sealed the deal for Raonic and he would now face another Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the battle for the quarter-final. Tuesday's results: