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Del Potro ready for Isner barrage

August 04, 2013 11:25:53 UK

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro admits he faces a tough task in the final of the Citi Open against the big-serving and in-form John Isner.

The Argentinian, who was only beaten after a thrilling five-set encounter by Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon just over a month ago, booked a place in Sunday's final by beating Tommy Haas 7-6 6-3 in the semi-finals.

He obviously serves very well, but he returns exceptionally well.

John Isner

Del Potro was losing 4-1 in the first set to the veteran German player before a rain delay halted proceedings in Washington and, when play resumed, he hit back to take the set on a tie-break and from then on never looked back.

"I was down in the beginning, but I think the rain helped me to come back in the first set," he admitted afterwards. "I was lucky in that moment, but in the end I played so solid.

"Against Isner, here in the United States, [on] hard courts, and with his serve, it's going to be a really terrible match for me but I will try to return some serves and play my game. Being in the final means a lot to me."

Meanwhile, American number one Isner is also expecting a tight final, saying: "He obviously serves very well, but he returns exceptionally well...he just crushes the ball from the baseline."

Isner is 7.50 to win the match in three sets while Del Potro is available at 1.72 to triumph in two sets.

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