Del Potro reaches Basel quarters

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Updated: October 24, 2013

Basel, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) – Reigning champion Juan Martin del
Potro was an easy second-round winner Thursday at the $1.955 million Swiss
Indoors Basel.

The top-seeded Argentine slugger drilled former Australian Open runner-up and
former Basel finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-2 in 72 minutes at St.
Jakobshalle. “Delpo” broke his Cypriot counterpart four times while holding
his formidable serve throughout on Day 4.

Del Potro, who upset Swiss hero Roger Federer in last year’s Basel finale, is
seeking a trip into a third final in three events, having recently titled in
Tokyo and finished as a runner-up at the Shanghai Masters.

The former U.S. Open champion del Potro’s quarterfinal opponent on Friday will
be Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who doused fellow countryman Michael Llodra
6-4, 6-3.

Hot Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov blew past Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3,
6-2.

The eighth-seeded Dimitrov, fresh off capturing his first-ever ATP title last
week in Stockholm, is rewarded with a quarterfinal bout against a third-seeded
Federer, a five-time Basel champion and four-time runner-up at his hometown
tournament.

Also on Thursday, rising Canadian Vasek Pospisil vaulted past 6-foot-10 Croat
Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes, France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat
German Tobias Kamke 7-5, 6-3, and German Daniel Brands drilled Poland’s Lukasz
Kubot 6-2, 6-4.

Friday’s other quarters will pit Pospisil against Croat Ivan Dodig and Roger-
Vasselin versus Brands.

The 2013 Basel titlist will earn $475,000.