Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Del Potro Advance To Last Eight
Juan Martin DEL POTRO continued his unbeaten streak to 24 matches after defeating Kei NISHIKORI of Japan in the fourth round. In this highly anticipated encounter dubbed as the “Battle of Teen Star” DEL POTRO had no problems in defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-4 & 6-3.
The 6-foot-6 Argentine deployed his towering serve and big windup forehand to push the baby-faced Nishikori around the court and swat winners into the corners. This might be a surprise to many as prior to this game, he wont a five set thriller in the previous round.
“Sometimes you don’t have much left in your legs,” DEL POTRO said after the match. “But thanks to all of you, I’m able to find the energy.”
As a result, DEL POTRO will play in his first ever career Grand Slam quarter-finals. This has already been a remarkable journey for the 19 years old as his ranking has vaulted from No.65 to No.17.
Next up in the quarter-final, will be another test of character for the youngster in the form of Andy MURRAY (6th seed) of Great Britain. The Brit had no trouble seeing off 10th seeded Stanislas WAWRINKA of Switzerland 6-1, 6-3 & 6-3.
Best of luck to DEL POTRO on making it into the semis.