Del Potro advances into third round at Paris Masters 2012

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Juan Martin Del Potro and Gilles Simon proceeded into the third round of Paris Masters 2012 in straight sets.

Del Potro is a player to beat right now as he entered Paris Masters fresh from Vienna and Swiss Indoors triumphs. He impressed in his first Paris Masters 2012 appearance as Colombian Alejandro Falla was trailing behind for the most of their second round match. Incidentally, Delpo has also defeated his Colombian adversary in the opening round of Basel a week ago. Falla might have prevented his seventh-seeded Argentine rival consolidating his first break, but he conceded another serve loss right after. No reply from Colombian this time and Delpo even squeezed in the third break to seize the opener.

The Argentine extended his run to eight straight games to build an unassailable 5-0 lead in the following set. Falla fought on, reduced a double break lead, but was unable to hold the follow-up service game. In the end, a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory for Del Potro who will face Michael Llodra in last sixteen.

Unseeded counterparts Simon and Romanian Victor Hanescu were harder to separate. The Frenchman took Hanescu’s serve in the fourth game, yet the latter broke back when Simon was serving for the opener. At 6-5 the Romanian needed a hold to stay in the set, but he failed to deliver one and World no. 20 Simon went one nil up. No upsets in the second set until the Frenchman clinched a classical eighth-game break, prepared a triple match point next and grabbed a 7-5, 6-3 straight sets win. His next opponent is fifteenth seed Kei Nishikori.

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