Juan Martin Del Potro (Bio) is one win away from making the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2013 year-end championships for the fourth time in his career. The former finalist has played some inspired tennis over the past several weeks including a title win at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships last week. The World No. 5 followed up with several strong showings at the Shanghai Masters 2013 to get him one step closer to the ATP Finals.
The Argentine picked up an impressive 6-4, 6-3 win over Nicolas Almagro, his second win over the Spaniard in as many weeks. The match lasted 72 minutes as Del Potro hit 85% of his first service points and commit only 8 unforced errors. It was Almagro’s ninth Masters 1000 quarterfinal and the lost dropped his record to 1-8 in that stage of the tournament. The win was even more of a significant one for Del Potro, as it appeared he had just overcome an opponent, as well as a fever, to reach the semifinals.
“I played very well today, very solid,” said del Potro, “I played aggressive. I hit my forehand very well. I like the way I played today. I just want to keep improving [and] keep going far in this tournament.”
The 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals runner-up is attempting to qualify for the season-ending championships for the fourth time in his career. He currently holds 4,180 points in the Emirates Race To London and will face World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals in Shanghai. Del Potro is currently fifth in the world rankings and is currently right behind Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Ferrer, who have all qualified for the event. If the former US Open champion continues to play at his current level, qualifying for the Tour Finals will be all but certain.
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