Del Potro, top seeds advance in Rotterdam

Feb. 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM
| License Photo

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Top seeds Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych all gained spots Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in the Netherlands.

On a day in which three other seeded players fell, the top seeds won handily. Only Murray, seeded second, dropped a set Thursday.

Del Potro, the top seed and defending tournament champion, took out Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Del Potro had 10 aces, equaling the number of points he lost on serve in the match.

Murray eliminated qualifier Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Thiem had a break in each of the first two sets but Murray didn't allow him a break opportunity in the third, winning 70 percent of the points on serve.

Berdych, the No. 3 seed, didn't lose his serve in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Nicolas Mahut. He lost a mere nine points in his 10 serving games.

But Philipp Kohlschreiber claimed a 7-5, 7-5 upset of fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet while Jerzy Janowicz ousted No. 6-seeded Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4 and Ernests Gulbis beat eighth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-5, 7-6 (7-3).

The final match of the day saw Igor Sijsling routed Michael Berrer 6-1, 6-2 with five breaks.

Marin Cilic, who beat fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, claimed a quarterfinal spot with a win Wednesday.

The formal name of the event is the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories