Indian Wells - Sixth seeded Juan Martin Del Potro continued
his recent dominance over David Ferrer by beating the Spaniard 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells tournament here on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Del Potro improved to 7-6 overall against
Ferrer but has now won five straight, dating back to the 2013 Wimbledon
"We always play tough matches. I got lucky," said
the world number eight Del Potro. "I played really well in the tiebreak
and served well in the important moments."
Del Potro will next face fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer,
who defeated Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-1.
Del Potro is playing some of his best tennis in years as he
improved to 13-3 on the season. In January he returned the top 10 for the first
time since 2014.
He is fresh off winning his 21st career title earlier this
month in Acapulco when he steamrolled his way into the final by beating three
top 10 players in a row.
He capped off his Acapulco run by beating South Africa's
Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in the championship game.
Del Potro, the 2013 Indian Wells finalist, hammered six aces
and won 87 percent of his first-serve points in the one hour, 46 minute match
He says he is eager to get back to the final and lift the
trophy in the California desert.
"It is one of my dreams to win this title. I have been
in the final and the semis but I have never held the trophy," he said.
Elsewhere, world number three Marin Cilic became another top
seed casualty, losing in straight sets to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4,
The 29-year-old Cilic, who reached the finals of two of the
last three Grand Slams, dropped to a record of 10-4 on the season.
Kohlschreiber advances to the fourth round where he will
play unseeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert who won his third round match when fellow
Frenchman Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a lower back injury.
Cilic blasted five aces but couldn't overcome
Kohlschreiber's strong serving game. The German won 76 percent of his first
serve points and broke Cilic's serve twice, once in each set.
Kohlschreiber said he tried to get the match over as quickly
"I felt good. Played aggressive. I think in the crucial
moments or on the big points I could put on my side," Kohlschreiber said.
"I think another key factor was that it was a two-set win."
Kohlschreiber is now 7-4 overall against Cilic. He has won
three out of their last four meetings, including a straight set victory in the
final in Munich on clay in 2012. He won their first meeting on hardcourt in
Moscow in 2007.
In other third round matches, Canadian No 1 Milos Raonic
beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Results on Tuesday on the seventh day of the ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament:
Sam Querrey (USA x18) bt Yuki Bhambri (IND) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Milos Raonic (CAN x32) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x6) bt David Ferrer (ESP x29) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-4, 6-1
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) bt Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-2, 3-1 retired
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x31) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x2) 6-4, 6-4
Simona Halep (ROM x1) bt Wang Qiang (CHN) 7-5, 6-1
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)
Naomi Osaka (JPN) bt Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
Karolna Pliskova (CZE x5) bt Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/2)
Venus Williams (USA x8) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x21) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4