Del Potro ends challenge of Somdev Devvarman

DUBAI Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:16pm IST

Somdev Devvarman hits a return to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their men's singles match at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Somdev Devvarman hits a return to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their men's singles match at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, February 27, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Related Topics

DUBAI (Reuters) - World number seven Juan Martin Del Potro pounded Somdev Devvarman 6-4 6-4 in the Dubai Championships second round on Wednesday, keeping the Argentine on course for a semi-final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

Del Potro saved three break points in his opening two service games, but was otherwise largely untroubled in dispatching India's number one.

"It's good, but I need to improve if I want to have a chance of winning this tournament," Del Potro said in a courtside interview.

"The former U.S. Open champion was taken to a deciding set tiebreak by Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in Tuesday's first round, saving three matches points along the way, but the Argentine was steadier against Devvarman, sealing the first set with an ace.

Roared on by a raucous Indian following in the stands, Devvarman provided more resistance in second before a long backhand sealed his fate.

Del Potro, 24, lost a year of his career with a wrist problem and he admitted the fear of aggravating the injury was causing him to change his playing style.

"Sometimes I get frustrated because I can't hit the ball like I want it," the Argentine told reporters. "I'm not going to put myself at risk again."

He will now face Daniel Brands after the German qualifier stunned former Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4.

Earlier, third seed Tomas Berdych, 27, beat Germany's Tobias Kamke 7-5 6-1 under a searing desert sun.

The Czech toiled more than the score line would suggest, squandering five set points in the first set against the world number 90 and saving 12 of 14 break points himself.

The 2010 Wimbledon finalist eventually sealed the opening set as a flailing Kamke could only scuff a forehand into the net.

The second set was more straightforward, but the world number six will have to be more ruthless if he is to add to his eight career singles titles, especially as Roger Federer potentially awaits in the semi-final.

"I was struggling a bit with the conditions," Berdych told reporters. "Maybe the court is not extremely fast, but once it's really hot in the sun it really makes the balls fly much more than I'm used to."

Later on Wednesday, Federer will play Spain's Marcel Granollers, while Djokovic faces another Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Earnings Season

Earnings Season

Reliance Q4 sales rise, refining margin narrows.  Read 

Literary Giant Dies

Literary Giant Dies

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87.  Full Article 

Election 2014

Election 2014

India holds biggest day of voting with BJP gaining strength  Full Article | Full Coverage 

Insider Trading

Insider Trading

Ex-Goldman director Gupta starts prison term on June 17.  Full Article 

Market Eye

Market Eye

Sensex jumps 351 points, snaps 3-day losing streak  Full Article 

Expansion Plans

Expansion Plans

Reliance Industries, HPCL Mittal plan refinery expansions.  Full Article 

S&P on India

S&P on India

S&P: India's ratings to depend on next govt econ, fiscal policies.  Full Article 

Ambitious Aim

Ambitious Aim

In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch.  Full Article 

Bond Market

Bond Market

A star abroad, RBI boss riles bond traders at home  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage