VALENCIA OPEN 500 2011
Querrey Deals Tsonga Finals Qualification Blow; del Potro Stays On Track
by ATP Staff|
World No. 116 Sam Querrey dealt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a blow on Thursday in his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, when the American beat the second seed 7-6(5), 6-2 in 78 minutes for a place in the Valencia Open 500 quarter-finals.
"It’s huge. He’s playing well right now," said Querrey. "I came out there and kind of played with nothing to lose. I served really well and took advantage of the big points. I thought I played great."
Tsonga missed an opportunity to overtake Tomas Berdych and become No. 6 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Rankings. The Frenchman will now travel to Paris to compete at the BNP Paribas Masters, where he won the 2008 title, and attempt to clinch one of three remaining singles berths at the London season finale from 20-27 November.
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro kept his London ambitions on track as he dismissed South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4. The sixth seed added a further 45 points to his total in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Rankings as he converted three of his six break point chances and won 79 per cent of points behind his first serve.
"I played much more aggressive than yesterday," reflected del Potro. "Kevin’s a dangerous player; I needed to focus every moment of the match on my serve and take all the break points. I think that was the key and staying concentrated on my serve."
Del Potro is currently No. 11 in the battle for London and will overtake the 10th-placed Janko Tipsarevic if he reaches the semi-finals in Valencia. The 23 year old, who is making his first appearance at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tennis tournament, goes onto meet Querrey.
Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who reached the final (l. to Ferrer) as a qualifier last year, beat last week's St. Petersburg Open champion, Marin Cilic of Croatia, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 14 minutes. Both players hit 10 aces and won 50 per cent of their service points. Granollers goes on to face French third seed Gael Monfils.
Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to the quarter-finals in Valencia for the first time since 2004 as he battled past American Alex Bogomolov Jr., 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2. The Spaniard was broken six times, but countered with seven service breaks from 17 opportunities to claim victory in two hours and 51 minutes.
The 31-year-old Ferrero won the Valencia title on his first two appearances in 1999 (d. Corretja) and 2003 (d. C. Rochus) and was a semi-finalist in 2004 (l. to Verdasco) when the event was played on clay. However, in his past five visits he had recorded just one win.
This year’s Stuttgart champion will look to reach his third ATP World Tour semi-final of an injury-hit season when he faces Argentina’s Juan Monaco, who dismissed Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1 in 66 minutes.