Game Point: Nadal-Del Potro on tap for Thursday, Caro goes down

Chris Chase
Busted Racquet

Game Point is Busted Racquet's roundup of facts, figures and links from around the web.

Love -- It's just your typical blockbuster match featuring the world No. 1 against a guy who was ranked No. 484 a few months ago. The clay court season's first showstopper takes place Thursday night in Madrid (1 p.m. ET) when Rafael Nadal meets the resurgent Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of the Madrid Open. Delpo cruised to a clay title last week in Estoril and has lost only two matches since late February, a fine return to form from the injury that sidelined him for most of 2010.. Nadal, of course, is on a 35-match winning streak on clay. While clay isn't the Argentine's favored surface, his height allows him to attack Nadal's high-kick groundstrokes, which could give Rafa trouble. People are speaking of Nadal's finals showdown with Novak Djokovic as if it's a mere formality. Juan Martin may have something to say about that though.

15 -- The rest of the WTA may not have it figured out yet, but German Julia Goerges (above) seems to have Caroline Wozniacki's number. For the second time in as many weeks, the world No. 27 defeated the top-ranked Wozniacki, this time in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Goerges utilized an all-or-nothing strategy that led to 38 unforced errors and 36 winners (compared to 21 and 11, respectively, for Wozniacki). How to beat Caro? Attack, attack, attack.

30 -- At least Andy Roddick can beat somebody these days. Fellow American Mardy Fish Tweeted a picture of Roddick playing Andrea Petkovic in a practice tiebreaker on Thursday. Roddick won 7-5. "So lucky!!!," Fish wrote. Roddick countered that he had a "much easier time" beating Fish.

40 -- Madrid has a blue clay court (courtesy @5livetennis):

If hard courts weren't mostly blue these days, I wouldn't mind this. Clay needs to keep it's on identity though. This looks too much like a rainy US Open court. Plus, what would Nadal's back look like when he falls on the ground after a clay court win? Grover?

Game -- CNN's in-depth look at Maria Sharapova's embrace of social media.

What to Read Next