Del Potro cruises through in Estoril

Thu, 03 May 20:30:00 2012

Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro crushed Rui Machado 6-1 6-0 in the second round of ATP Estoril.

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The Argentine world number 10 made light work of the unseeded Portuguese to set up a quarter-final clash with Spain’s Albert Montanes.

Del Potro hit four aces and won 70 per cent of his service points in just over an hour to move on to a 24-6 record for 2012.

"I like to play on clay, I prefer hard courts obviously, but I have been working hard at home, before I came here," Del Potro said.

"This tournament is very important to my clay-court season and for my confidence ahead of the Masters 1000 tournaments and Roland Garros.

"Albert is a two-times former champion here and a very good clay-courter so it will be a tough match. I am looking forward to it."

Del Potro, a one-time top-five regular, slipped down the rankings after a series of injuries but has battled back into the top 10.

His quarter-final opponent Montanes, seeded seventh, dropped the first set against American Bobby Reynolds but won 4-6 6-4 6-3 in a two-hour epic.

Joao Sousa is also through to the quarter-finals after fifth seed Denis Istomin retired from their match in the deciding set with the score at 3-6 6-3 4-2.

Home competitor Sousa will now face fourth seed Albert Ramos for a place in the last four after the Spaniard comfortably beat Germany's Bjoern Phau 7-5 6-0.


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  1. @Mark comment 5...I was meaning Delpo's win at the­ U.S and not that fed was destroyed, i did send two­ post's after to explain this last night..respect­ mate.

    From alchemist, on Fri 4 May 6:24
  2. Thanks for the bite marshall and i am not a fed hater­ but anyone who defends sam are no better than him and i­ think some of your previous posts prove that. I did­ send another post (better worded) but it was not shown­ and this was for Mark.If you want to comment about­ mental disorders try losing the djokerbitch or nadull­ insults first then you might come across as someone who­ likes tennis and not just federer.

    From alchemist, on Fri 4 May 6:04
  3. Delpo can do very well on clay. He forced Ferrer and­ Nadal play their best tennis on their favourite surface­ in front of their home crowd last year in the Davis Cup­ final. He is a threat. Come on Delpo, I know you can­ do it.

    From Mercury devil, on Fri 4 May 3:19
  4. alchemist you have a funny sense of humour or perhaps­ you have sort of mental disorder if you think losing in­ 5 tough sets is being crushed? If that is the case what­ do you call Nadals 6-3 6-0 defeat to Federer last year?­ Rape or murder?

    From MarshallTbon III, on Thu 3 May 20:47
  5. Cup of tear for delP today; tomorrow will be more­ challenging. I love his devastating forehand; it's­ like a horse's kick it seems. But this should be­ his tournament again, provided he does what he does­ best. He was in a different league at the US Open­ '09, crushing Rafa in the semi and then taking Fed­ down at a moment when the Maestro was close to his­ masterful best, having just won his first French AND­ then Wimbledon.

    From HsSimon, on Thu 3 May 19:00
  6. Alchemist, nice i know what Sam is talking about, nadal­ took only 6 games in total in their semi final at the­ uso, thats crushing indeed, or you just have to watch­ the final again, tough fifth set victory with alot of­ drama involved in that match is what you called­ crushing Fed too? hmm oke your a diehard Nadal fan and­ i do see Delpo can down nadal at the french though, and­ then again watch the davis cup final, whereas the first­ and half of the set was crushing nadal too, and that on­ his beloved claycourt, if nadal didnt play at home­ crowd, where every 1st serve was missed by delpo a roar­ for cheering nadal took place, he did lost that final­ too, me and alot of people would agree that too. Peace.

    From Mark, on Thu 3 May 18:32
  7. Delpo! Keep this up! :)

    From starfish, on Thu 3 May 18:14
  8. Delpo on sand .... no chance in roland­ think.

    From , on Thu 3 May 16:42
  9. Sam he did to fed at the U.S open.

    From alchemist, on Thu 3 May 16:29
  10. As guaranteed Delpo Delpo crushed his opponent! Delpo­ the job is not done yet u need to crush nadal at the­ French just like u did at the 2009 us open! Crush him­ destroy him I know u can just believe in ur self nadal­ cannot handle ur power on any surface he beat u last­ year cause u were playing about 65 percent just play ur­ game ur more talented and gifted than nadal go get it­ champ!

    From Sam parikh, on Thu 3 May 16:23
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