Basel | Del Potro clears first hurdle
Following his comeback, Juan Martin del Potro continues to make inroads into the rankings as he attempts to gain a place in the last eight for the O2.
In Basel he dispatched Portugal’s Joao Sousa in three sets and despite losing the second, he outfired this opponent saving two break points in the third.
I need to improve my game a little bit for tomorrow and see if I can keep winning because I'd like to spend more days in Basel Juan Martin del Potro
“I think I dominated most of the match, but in the second set I played worse than in the first and the third sets,” del Potro confirmed after securing his place in the next round 6-1 4-6 6-1 win. “He broke me at 4-all and then he closed the set. But in the end, I started to play better as I did in the first one and I’m looking forward to playing better the whole match tomorrow.
“I need to improve my game a little bit for tomorrow and see if I can keep winning because I’d like to spend more days in Basel,” the former two-time Swiss Open champion added.
The big Argentine has won 19 of 23 matches at the tournament and advances to face Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who posted a 6-4 6-2 win over American Donald Young.
In other matches Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Ryan Harrison of the United States, 6-3 7-6(1), in 99-minutes. Bautista Agut will meet the winner of the Benneteau-del Potro match in the quarterfinals.
Belgian David Goffin coasted to a 6-4 6-1 victory over South Korea’s Hyeon Chung and in turn will face the fifth-seed American Jack Sock, who recorded a 6-4 2-6 6-4 win over Dutchman Robin Haase.
Seventh-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino beat Belgian Ruben Bemelmans with a 7-6(0) 4-6 6-1 victory and will take on Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round.
Croatian Borna Coric set a second-round meeting with countryman Marin Cilic following a 6- (8) 6-1 6-3 victory over the Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen.