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Del Potro sets up Djokovic final in Shanghai
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Del Potro sets up Djokovic final in Shanghai

Oct 13 2013, 4:10am CDT | by IANS

Shanghai, Oct 13 (IANS) Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro set up a final showdown against defending champion Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters after pulling off a 6-2, 6-4 win over World No.1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals here.

Shanghai, Oct 13 — Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro set up a final showdown against defending champion Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters after pulling off a 6-2, 6-4 win over World No...

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Del Potro sets up Djokovic final in Shanghai

Oct 13 2013, 4:10am CDT | by IANS

Shanghai, Oct 13 (IANS) Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro set up a final showdown against defending champion Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters after pulling off a 6-2, 6-4 win over World No.1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals here.

Shanghai, Oct 13 — Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro set up a final showdown against defending champion Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters after pulling off a 6-2, 6-4 win over World No.1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals here.

With the crucial win Saturday, del Potro also secured a berth in the ATP World Tour Finals, reports Xinhua.

Del Potro, who just won an ATP title in Tokyo a week ago, continued his top form and wrapped up the convincing victory in one hour and 46 minutes. The Argentine used only 25 minutes to build up a 4-0 lead in the opening set. Nadal held serve for the first time in the fifth game but it was too far from enough to catch up with del Potro, who drew first blood at 6-2.

Nadal revitalised a little in the second set but del Potro continued to hit scorching winners from both sides with his deadly forehand. Nadal created four breaking points in the set but just could not convert on any one of them.

Del Potro took the decisive break in the third game of the set and never really tested in the remaining time.

Earlier, top seed and defending champion Djokovic withstood a strong challenge from seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France to prevail 6-2, 7-5. The opening set proved to be a routine job for the defending champion but he had to deal with a surging comeback from the Frenchman before sealing the victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

"It's important for me to get into another final. My serving was very controlled, very efficient. I was trying to open up the court and move him around. I know he likes to have targets, he likes to play from the backhand corners so I tried not to let him into that comfort zone," the Serb said.

Djokovic owns a 9-3 edge in the head-to-head against del Potro with the Serb prevailing in their most recent meeting, a five set thriller at the Wimbledon semifinals this year.

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Juan Martin del Potro delays comeback

Sep 10 2014 8:27pm CDT | Source: Stuff.co.nz

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has delayed his comeback from a long layoff following wrist surgery in March and will miss tournaments in China, Japan and Malaysia ove ...
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Del Potro Hopes For Late-Season Return

Sep 10 2014 7:21pm CDT | Source: ATP World Tour

Juan Martin del Potro hopes to return to the ATP World Tour this year despite having to withdraw from the upcoming Asian swing as he continues to recover from left wrist surgery. [[More Tennis News on ATPWorldTour.com]] ...
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Sep 9 2014 9:21am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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US Open Tennis 2014 Men's Final: Kei Nishikori vs. Marin Cilic Ends Big 4 Era

Sep 8 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

You might think it's a bit hyperbolic to suggest that the U.S. Open final between Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic is the end of an era in men's tennis. Perhaps in a few years with a few more titles shared between the Big Four in men's tennis, it will prove to be.  But for now, this Grand Slam final feels like the end of the Big Four's reign of terror over the men's game. Here are a few reasons why. In 2 ...
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Kei Nishikori's US Open Final Run Further Proves Big Four's Power Is Weakening

Sep 6 2014 6:22pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Don't take this the wrong way—Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray aren't doing anything to lose their grip over men's tennis. It's just that an incredible group of young talent is slowly but surely ending their dominance, and the latest to burst onto the scene is Kei Nishikori. The 10th overall seed at the 2014 U.S. Open was not given much of a chance entering Saturday ...
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What Roger Federer's Loss to Marin Cilic Means for Remainder of 2014

Sep 6 2014 5:15pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Roger Federer entered the 2014 U.S. Open with visions of an 18th career Grand Slam title, but the Swiss star was ousted in the semifinals by Marin Cilic. Sky Sports had the report: Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim had an interesting note on the upcoming final: Federer is a five-time U.S. Open champion; however, it has been six years since he last won the tournament. Also, it has been just ov ...
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Roger Federer's Key to Winning the 2014 US Open Is His Composure

Sep 5 2014 1:59am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The expected 2014 U.S. Open semifinal berth was slipping away from Roger Federer. Two sets and one hour of lackluster play. The Swiss Maestro battled himself as much as Gael Monfils. He barked at the chair umpire. His composure simmered beneath his determination to get back into the match. He even stared at two match points, but he refused to be buried. Four points later, he escaped a postmatch funeral and turned the match in his favor. The fifth set was more of a victory lap, a ...
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