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Del Potro To Face Mathieu In Basel QFs; Pospisil Beats Karlovic

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del Potro© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro will play Paul-Henri Mathieu in the quarter-finals.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier Juan Martin del Potro beat Marcos Baghdatis for the second time in a month on Thursday.

Top seed del Potro, who is the defending champion at the Swiss Indoors Basel, followed up on his Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships victory over Baghdatis, the 2005 finalist, with a 6-1, 6-2 win in 73 minutes.  

"I enjoy this tournament a lot. If I am healthy, I will have a very good end of the year," del Potro said. The Argentine has already won three ATP World Tour 500 tournament titles this year at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau), the Citi Open in Washington (d. Isner) and Tokyo (d. Raonic).

With a 45-13 match record on the season, del Potro will next challenge qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu, who defeated Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-3. "I had to find a rhythm," said Mathieu. "He made a lot of first serves today. I had to be focused all the way through the match and I thought I did it pretty good."

"[Mathieu] is so solid on the baseline and he's a fast player," said del Potro about his quarter-final opponent. "I will have to be very calm, wait for my chances and play better than I did today."

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Eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov swept past Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2, hitting 12 aces and losing just nine of his service points for victory in 62 minutes. Dimitrov will now player Roger Federer in the last eight.

This is the first meeting between Federer and Dimitrov. "I've always wanted to play [Federer]," said Dimitrov. "He's the greatest. He's given opportunity to so many players and has brought so much to the game. Everyone wants to be part of that. I'm excited and looking forward to our match."

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Vasek Pospisil reached his third ATP World Tour quarter-final as he defeated Tomas Berdych's conqueror, Ivo Karlovic, 6-3, 6-4 in less than one hour. Pospisil’s last quarter-final came in August, when he went on a breakthrough run to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal (l. to Raonic). The 23 year old next faces Ivan Dodig.

France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin built on his first-round upset win over Stanislas Wawrinka by reaching the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke. Roger-Vasselin converted three of his eight break points to earn his 22nd win of the season. He goes on to meet Daniel Brands after the German defeated Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 6-4.

Huey/Inglot Continue London Push

Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot continued their push for a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Denis Istomin and Horacio Zeballos in the quarter-finals. The pair has moved up to 13th position in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings by reaching the last four.

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