ATP Basel 2013 SF: Del Potro vs Roger-Vasselin Preview

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Juan Martin Del Potro (Player Info) claimed his 300th ATP level victory earlier today as he advanced one step closer to his fourth title of the season with a win over Paul-Henri Mathieu earlier today. He next meets Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Player Info) in the semi-finals here in Basel, for what will be their third encounter on the ATP tour. Check out the Del Potro v Roger-Vasselin Head to Head.

The defending champion breezed into semi-finals of the Swiss Indoor Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mathieu earlier today. The ‘Tower of Tandil’ hit 11 aces to close out the match in 79 minutes. The Argentine has had a successful year on the tour, with three titles to his name in 2013 and returning to the top 5 in the rankings for the first time in four years. He also picked up a groundbreaking win over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals in Shanghai, breaking the undefeated hard court streak the Spaniard possessed this season. Now with a 46-13 record, Del Potro is looking to close out his season in dominant fashion, starting with the Basel Open title.

“It’s a pleasure winning my 300th match on tour, doing it here in Basel, against Mathieu,” said Del Potro. “I think I played really well. I don’t know if I deserved that, but it’s like a gift for all my efforts for many, many years of work. I am looking forward to [trying to] reach the final once again. I am trying to go far and repeat what I did last year.”

Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached his third ATP semi-final of the season after a gruelling battle against Daniel Brands. The Frenchman rallied to save four of five break points he faced to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in less than two hours. The World No. 65 will not meet the Argentine 60 place above him in the rankings for a spot in the finals.

Roger-Vasselin defeated del Potro in their first encounter, taking a straight sets win in the 2009 Tokyo Open. It was an important win considering the Argentine was coming off his lone Grand Slam win less than two months before. Since then, del Potro has evened the score, with a four-set win in the second from of the French Open last year. Tomorrow’s encounter will heavily favour the towering del Potro, as he is currently on a hot streak heading into the year-end championships.

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