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Del Potro, Haas Set Semi-final Showdown

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Tursunov© Getty ImagesHaas saved all five break points against Dimitrov

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro has booked a semi-final berth at the of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., ousting seventh seed Kevin Anderson 7-6(0), 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes.

The Argentine No. 7 kept his undefeated record against Anderson in tact, lifting his streak against the South African to 5-0. Del Potro didn't face a break point during the match, and won 82 per cent of first serve points. 

He next faces third seed Tommy Haas who posted a 7-6(5), 7-6(3) quarter-final win over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

The German No. 12, who is pushing towards a Top 10 return, saved all five break points in the match which lasted almost two hours. Dimitrov, who fired 15 aces, saved the only break point he faced. 

"It's always great to win [and] to play against somebody that I think is going to do a lot of damage in the future. He's a very talented young player," Haas said of Dimitrov. "Playing two good tie-breaks, doing the right thing and the right time, feels good," he added.

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With the victory, Haas leveled his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Dimitrov to 1-1.

The 35-year-old Haas is seeking his second title of the season, following success in Munich in May.

Speaking about his semi-final clash against del Potro, Haas said the Argentine was the type of opponent he despised playing. "He has given me a lot of troubles, He is such a sound player from the baseline. He moves pretty well for being very tall, and he just has great ground strokes. I’ve always tried to have different game plans [when] playing against him, and when I played him in Indian Wells, it totally went out the door," admitted the German.

"It's going to be a big challenge. I hope I mix it up, play well, be aggressive, and [do] not give him too many easy points."

The Argentine described Haas, who he holds a 4-0 win-loss record against, as a talented player. "He's playing unbelievable this season...he has a lot of experience. It's going to be a difficult match for me." 

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