ATP Tour

Del Potro books semis spot

2013-10-04 13:18
Juan Martin del Potro (AFP)

Tokyo - Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Japan Open semi-finals on Friday.

Del Potro took control when he broke Dolgopolov to go up 3-1 in the third set at Ariake Colosseum and then broke him again in the final game.

The Argentine will face sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the semis on Saturday. Almagro beat local favourite and defending champion Kei Nishikori 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3.

Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada hit 11 aces in a 6-3, 6-3 quarter-final win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, lining up a semi with Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

"I got into the first service game right away and that allowed me to get into the match," Raonic said. "And I just got better and better."

Raonic is coming off a win in the Thailand Open last Sunday and will be seeking his third title of 2013. He lost in the final of last year's Japan Open to Nishikori.

Dodig beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Read more on:    japan open  |  juan martin del potro  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.