Delpo Dismisses Kyrgios; To Face Goffin In QF
Juan Martin del Potro has proven his prowess on hard courts over the years, from his championship run at the 2009 US Open to his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open. Could the ‘Tower of Tandil’ add another feather to his cap on the surface in Cincinnati?
The fourth seed certainly looks in form, advancing to the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open for the third time on Friday by beating the talented Nick Kyrgios 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-2 in two hours, 16 minutes.
Del Potro has now advanced to the last eight at five consecutive hard-court Masters 1000 events. The last time that he lost earlier at this level on hard courts was in Cincinnati a year ago, when he fell to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov in the Round of 16. The Argentine is now 26-6 on the season, reaching the quarter-finals or better at six of his nine events, which includes titles at Acapulco and Indian Wells.
He will have a chance to move into the semi-finals later Friday evening against reigning Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin, who made his first Cincinnati quarter-final by beating red-hot sixth seed Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-4 in 76 minutes.
"I broke him in the first service game, so it was a really good start so give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the match, because Kevin is serving really well and he's playing really aggressively," Goffin said. "He's playing well. He's in great confidence for the moment, so it was a tough match. But I'm happy the way I played."
The Belgian, who did not face break point against the recent Wimbledon finalist and Toronto semi-finalist, now has the same number of wins in Cincinnati this year (3) as he did in his past three appearances at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event combined. Goffin will try to reach the last four here for the first time when he faces Juan Martin del Potro or Nick Kyrgios later Friday evening due to Thursday's rain.
Goffin is into his eighth quarter-final of the season, and he has reached three tour-level semi-finals in 2018. The World No. 11, who lifted titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo one year ago, has yet to make a championship match this campaign.