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Del Potro Reaches Vienna Final Again; Zemlja Upsets Tipsarevic

Vienna, Austria

del Potro© e|motion/zolles.comJuan Martin del Potro is making his third tournament appearance in Vienna.

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Erste Bank Open final for the second successive year on Saturday. In 2011, he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"The second final in a row is nice for me," said del Potro. "I am getting better match-by-match, which means improvements in my game and to my confidence. I am very happy to play in the final again."

The 24-year-old Argentinean beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in one hour and 51 minutes. It improved his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month. He started the week at No. 7 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London.

Del Potro improved to a 56-14 match record on the season, which includes two ATP World Tour titles at the Open 13 in Marseille (d Llodra) and the Estoril Open (d Gasquet).

Slovenian qualifier and World No. 70 Grega Zemlja recorded the biggest win of his career to reach his first ATP World Tour final.

The 26 year old upset Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Janko Tipsarevic, the second seed from Serbia, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in two hours and 35 minutes. It avenged his loss to Tipsarevic at the US Open. Zemlja is now 1-4 lifetime against Top 10 opponents.

“It was an interesting and difficult situation for me before the tournament. I was preparing last week for this tournament and I found out I was the first on the waiting list to get into the main draw in Stockholm,” revealed Zemlja. “So I was deciding whether to go to Stockholm or play in the qualification here. I said I’d rather play here and that I have a good feeling. I think it was a pretty good decision. I don’t regret it.”

Tipsarevic is currently No. 9 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London. There are three singles spots left up for grabs at the season-ending championships at The O2 in London from 5-12 November.

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