Murray to face Del Potro for a place in the Indian Wells semi-finals

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Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro clinched fourth round Indian Wells 2013 victories and will meet in the quarterfinals.

The third seed British player took on Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, ranked 85. Murray was not at his best in the opening set as he suffered a loss of serve early in the opener before pegging back at 3-3. Another shock followed – the Olympic champion was broken again at 4-4, but he prevented the Berlocq serving out the set in the tenth game. There was little to separate the players in the tie-break as well – in the end, the Scotsman wrapped up the first set with two late mini-breaks. Murray stepped it up a notch in the second one, yet he had to stay on his toes as the Argentine extinguished his one break lead by 2-2. The reigning Wimbledon champion nevertheless squeezed in another break and served for the match at 5-4 – Berlocq’s hopes ended soon as Murray claimed a 7-6 (6), 6-4 straight sets victory.

The other Argentine had more success – seventh seed Del Potro stormed through his encounter with German Tommy Haas as he converted five of his eleven break points. 19th-seeded German – he conceded six double faults – could not really get a word in edgewise in either of the sets. Delpo finished the match with winning 72% of his serve points and 56% of the return points. He let Haas get on board in both of the sets, yet not much more than that, so he celebrated a well deserved 6-1, 6-2 triumph. In the post-match interview a recent Rotterdam title holder and Dubai semifinalist said it was his best match of the tournament. The 24-year old will have to maintain high level of game if he is to fancy his chances against Murray in BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.

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