ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2014
Gulbis Upsets Del Potro; Berdych Fights Past Janowicz In Rotterdam
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
Gulbis hit 12 aces and 35 winners past fellow 25-year-old del Potro in a 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final victory, which lasted 82 minutes. “My ambition this year is to reach the Top 10 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings],” said Gulbis. “It is a big goal. I did well in the [ATP World Tour] 250s, winning two titles, but I need to do better in the Masters 1000s and go deeper in the Grand Slams.”
He will next face Tomas Berdych, who reached the Rotterdam semi-finals for the second time (also 2012). The third seed defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 28 minutes, to improve to 3-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. It was Berdych’s 10th match win of the season (10-2 overall), which includes an Australian Open semi-final exit (l. to Wawrinka).
Berdych could not convert five set point opportunities in the first set tie-break, which Janowicz clinched after Berdych hit a backhand into the net. Janowicz hit 25 winners in the 76-minute set, converting his third set point chance. “It was a tough match, especially from the beginning when I did not feel comfortable on the court,” said Berdych”. Jerzy plays aggressive and really fast, taking some of the control of the game from me. I didn’t feel that good on the court, but I found my rhythm and hit the ball cleanly after the first set.”
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Llodra/Mahut Oust Third Seeds
French duo Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut defeated third seeds and 2009-10 champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 4-6, 10-1 in 73 minutes for a place in the semi-finals. Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who lifted the PBZ Zagreb Indoors trophy last week, overcame Johan Brunstrom and Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(5), 6-4 in 85 minutes.