DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Berdych Cruises Into Fourth QF Of Season; Del Potro Hits With Maradona
by ATP Staff|
Third seed Tomas Berdych reached his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final in as many tournaments on Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Tobias Kamke of Germany at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Berdych is coming off a runner-up finish at the Open 13 in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and has a 12-3 match record on the season. He won 31 of his 39 first service points and saved 12 of 14 break points against Kamke.
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Fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Indian Somdev Devvarman 6-4, 6-4 then played a few points with football legend Diego Maradona, much to the delight of the crowd. Yesterday, del Potro saved three match points against Marcos Baghdatis in his opening match.
"I played better than yesterday. I was solid with my serve, and I didn't make many mistakes with my backhand. When we had rallies on the baseline, I played solid. I didn't lose my serve during the match. That gives me confidence for my next match tomorrow."
Seventh-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi reached the last eight after a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Lukas Rosol. German qualifier Daniel Brands overcame eighth-seeded Russian and two-time finalist Mikhail Youzhny, making his 13th appearance at the event, 6-4, 6-4 in 64 minutes.