The 2019 Delray Beach Open is almost underway and with it brings the highly anticipated return of World #4, Juan Martin del Potro. The injury-prone Argentinian is making his comeback from a knee injury that he suffered in Shanghai in 2018, and will look to hit the ground running here.
The top seed will have to play well to come out of this quarter. Stacked full of promising, young Americans, there is a great opportunity for one of them to claim a big scalp here and make it through this quarter. Sandgren-Opelka will be a tough match & McDonald-Fritz should be a beauty.
The second quarter of the draw features the fourth-seeded, Steve Johnson. The big unseeded-danger here though is the Australian, Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios has drawn fellow Aussie, John Millman, first up, with the winner to play the winner of Karlovic-Albot. Johnson should have no trouble getting through his first two matches, however the likelihood of Kyrgios waiting in the quarter finals looms dangerously.
Frances Tiafoe heads the third quarter here. Tiafoe, coming off a disappointing second-round loss in New York, is defending maximum points here & needs a good result. Seppi-Tomic should be interesting, as both players are capable of making a run.
The bottom quarter here should see Isner cruise through. He has drawn Peter Polansky first up and will then play the winner of Lukas Lacko, who got into the main draw through a withdrawal, and a qualifier. Young Canadian, Brayden Schnur, has drawn the horribly, out of form, Adrian Mannarino & will be coming into this tournament full of confidence after recording his first ATP Tour level win in New York & making the final following.
There are a couple of upsets I can see happening here. First, whilst only really being an upset rankings-wise, I expect Nick Kyrgios to beat John Millman. Kyrgios is super talented & I actually expect him to come through his quarter & possibly make the final. Secondly, I can see Reilly Opelka giving Tennys Sandgren some trouble in the first round and, as mentioned above, Mannarino is out of form & Schnur could take full advantage of that.
One To Watch
The One To Watch here is Australian, Nick Kyrgios. The ultra-talented Aussie shows flashes of brilliance every time he steps on the court, but struggles with consistency & perhaps staying focused. The best-of-3 format suits him and so does the draw here. If he can keep his concentration level high, he can make a deep run here.
After getting some much-needed form, I’m expecting John Isner to follow up his success in New York with a title here. A favourable draw for the American should see him through to the Semi Final without too much trouble, from there it’s on his racquet.