Del Potro Shows Top Level, Inches Closer To New Career-High ATP Ranking
If Juan Martin del Potro showed a little rust on Wednesday night, the Argentine was back to his prime operating level on Thursday at the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex in Los Cabos. Del Potro won all 19 first-serve points and routed Egor Gerasimov, No. 301 in the ATP Rankings, 6-1, 6-1 in only 59 minutes to make the quarter-finals.
“I felt better [than in the opener]. Obviously the result also marks it and that's good for my confidence, and I'm happy for playing a good match today,” Del Potro said.
“I was quite solid from the baseline and he made many mistakes because of that. I converted every break point I had and that was the key of the match. I was focused from the beginning of the match, and already in the first game I showed him that I was really looking forward to win.”
“I'll have to try to dictate... many winners. He is a player who runs a lot, knows how to defend and always makes you play one more shot,” Del Potro said.
The 25-year-old Gerasimov, of Minsk, Belarus, was having the run of his career in Mexico. He hadn't won an ATP World Tour match before this week but qualified and beat Aussie Bernard Tomic and fifth seed and defending champion Sam Querrey of the U.S. to make the quarter-finals.
Del Potro can climb a spot higher in the ATP Rankings, even if he loses in the last eight. If Alexander Zverev, the defending champion at the Citi Open, does not make the final in Washington, D.C., Del Potro, currently at No. 4, will surpass Zverev and set a new career-high of No. 3.
Brit Cameron Norrie made it back-to-back ATP World Tour semi-finals by sweeping fourth seed Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-4. Norrie reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final (also Lyon 2018) last week at the BB&T Atlanta Open. One year ago, he was No. 199 in the ATP Rankings. Next week, he's projected to debut inside the Top 70.
Norrie will face second seed Fabio Fognini, who needed only 57 minutes to beat Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-2. Fognini converted all four break points and won 67 per cent (10/15) of his second-serve points.