WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2013
Murray, Del Potro Advance; Haas Sets Federer Clash
by ATP Staff|
The Scot bounced back from a third-round exit in Montreal as he broke serve five times to win in 70 minutes. He improved to a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Youzhny, whom he had beaten in the fourth round en route to his Wimbledon triumph.
"I just wanted to try to play a high percentage match because I think it's important for me to try to get a few matches this week, if I can," said Murray. "I did that. I didn't make too many errors. I served a high percentage of first serves for the most part. Missed a few at the end of the second. I did what I wanted to do and got through the match."
The 26-year-old Murray is looking to win his 10th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. He previously lifted the Cincinnati trophy in 2008 and 2011, beating Novak Djokovic both times.
Tommy Haas set a blockbuster third-round clash with Roger Federer after dismissing Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-1 in 74 minutes. The German has a 3-11 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against his good friend Federer, with only one of those victories coming in the past 11 years.
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Seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro edged Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-5 in a keenly contested second-round match. The Argentine is currently third in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge standings after winning the Citi Open crown (d. Isner) in Washington. He converted five of his nine break points as he claimed his 32nd win of the season with victory over Davydenko in one hour and 42 minutes.
Another contender for eventual top spot in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge, John Isner, advanced to the third round with a 7-6(6), 6-2 win over eighth seed Richard Gasquet. Isner, who currently leads the standings, has largely been in rich form on the North American hard courts, winning the Atlanta title (d. Anderson) and finishing runner-up in Washington.
"The second set maybe was on the easier side, but the first set very easily could have gone his way," said Isner. "Fortunately for me it went mine, and it gave me a lot of momentum. I think his level might have dropped a little bit in that second set, and I was able to take advantage of it."
Isner was upset last week in the Montreal first round by Vasek Pospisil, but the Canadian could not back up his semi-final performance, squandering four match points as he fell 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(6) in two hours and 27 minutes to David Goffin. Pospisil had led 6-3 in the deciding tie-break.