AEGON Championships 2013
Berdych, del Potro, Tsonga Reach QFs On Busy Day At Queen's Club
by ATP Staff|
Second seed Tomas Berdych became the first player to reach the Aegon Championships quarter-finals on Thursday as The Queen’s Club played catch-up after two days of bad weather. Berdych fired past No. 16 seed Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-4, losing just four of his first service points, for a place in his ninth quarter-final (or better) this season.
Berdych faces defending champion Marin Cilic, who came through a test against qualifier Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 on the second show court. Fifth seed Cilic, saved one match point, hit 18 aces and saved seven of 10 break points. Lopez hit 13 aces in windy conditions.
Third seed Juan Martin del Potro, one of six Argentineans in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, continued his comeback from a respiratory illness with a 6-0, 6-3 win over British wild card Dan Evans. Last year, del Potro won the London 2012 Olympics bronze medal on the grass-courts at Wimbledon.
Del Potro will next challenge former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, a four-time former champion, who beat sixth seed and 2010 titlist Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 on his favourite surface. "I played pretty well the whole match," said Hewitt. "[In the] first set I came out of the blocks well. I was serving well, was hitting returns well. I still had to fight hard on some big points, though, even late in the second set to hold serve."
Fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opened his campaign by winning a match first scheduled for Wednesday. The 2011 runner-up defeated fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes. He then returned to Centre Court later in the afternoon to record a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 win over Igor Sijsling in the third round later.
Eleven singles matches were played at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament on Thursday.