Del Potro beats Anderson in Basel, plays Gasquet in semis

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Juan Martin Del Potro needed to come from a set down to make the semi finals in Basel, eventually defeating Kevin Anderson 3-6 7-6(3) 6-2 in a hard fought encounter. For much of the match, Anderson was serving massive with 20 aces in total. After an early break point was saved on his serve, he would punish Del Potro – quickly going 40-0 up on the Argentinian’s serve and taking the first break point  as he moved quickly to a 2-0 lead.

The break point in game one would be the only one Del Potro saw in the whole set as he just could not break through, Anderson finally saw the set out in game 9, holding to love to take the first set 6-3.  Serving remained dominant with both players offering very little in the way of opportunities for their opponent, only a solitary break point in the second game of the set for Del Potro was all the receiver saw so it would be a tie break to decide the set.

An early mini-break from Anderson would soon be wiped out before Del Potro finally made a breakthrough on point 7 of the tie break to go a mini break up and held both points on his serve to bring up 3 set points. The first would be taken on the Anderson serve as Del Potro forced a decider.

The momentum truly was with Del Potro from then on, as he won 4 straight games for the lost of just three points including two love breaks. Anderson stemmed the run of Del Potro games, coming out on top of a marathon game that saw seven deuces but it would only be delaying the inevitable with Del Potro easily holding twice to close out the match and move on to the semis.

Mikhail Youzhny‘s dominant run in Basel was ended by Richard Gasquet, who booked his place with a 6-2 7-6(5) victory over the Russian. Youzhny had dropped very few points on serve in his first two matches but Gasquet soon changed all this, breaking twice on his way to a comfortable first set – although he would need five and three break points respectively in them to do so. The second break for a 5-2 lead was followed by an emphatic love hold to take a one set lead.

A third set looked possible when Youzhny broke for his only time in the match for a 3-1 but he would hand it straight back to his opponent who dropped just three more points on serve for the rest of the set as a tie break would be needed to decide the second set. For the second time in the set, Youzhny looked in a commanding position and prime to take the set as he held a 4-1 lead in the tie break but he would be unable to hold on once more losing three straight points to tie it up. He held the second of his serves to put the pressure back on Gasquet but the Frenchman would be up to the task, winning the final 3 points to seal a straight sets win.

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