Almagro Progresses In Acapulco, Del Potro At Delray Beach
Winner of this year’s Coasta do Sauipe and last week’s Buenos Aires tournaments Nicolas Almagro shows some good form even in Acapulco where the Spaniard has just improved his winning streak to ten games this season.
Almagro progressed into the second round in Mexico after he beat Romania’s Victor Hanescu in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. The Spaniard, who claimed his 200th victory of career last week in Argentina, will next play Italian Filippo Volandri who also defeated Frederico Gil of Portugal in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Almagro is also extending – somehow – his Mexican hegemony, having arrived in Acapulco to clinch his third title. But he still has plenty of work in order to succeed.
David Ferrer arrived in Acapulco as top seeder and has already done a great job. The Spaniard beat Romania’s Adrian Ungur 6-1, 6-3 and is expected to play host Santiago Gonzalez who also reached the second round thanks to a straight-set victory over compatriot Daniel Garza whom he defeated 6-2, 7-6.
Fortunately, second seed Fernando Verdasco has left the tournament due to a three-set loss to Brazilian Thomaz Beluci who ousted him 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to meet another Spanish player in the second round, namely Ivan Navarro. Navarro eliminated host Manuel Sanchez in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Winner of the Chennai tournament, Stanislas Wawrinka targets his second title of the season in Acapulco. The Swiss advanced into the next term after beating Pablo Andujar of Spain in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 6-0. He will next face Italian Fabio Fognini who also reached the next round thanks to an easy win over Argentine Maximo Gonzalez whom he defeated 6-3, 6-4.
Alexandr Dolgopolov meets Carlos Berlocq in the second term. The Ukrainian ousted Paul Capdeville of Chile in two sets, 7-5, 6-2, while Berlocq progressed further thanks to a hard-worked victory over Daniel Munoz of Spain whom he eliminated in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Juan Monaco and Pablo Cuevas are also fighting for a place into the quarter finals. The Argentine beat compatriot Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 7-6, while the Uruguayan grabbed an easier victory from Italian Potito Starace whom he defeated in straight similar sets 6-4, 6-4.
On the other side of the table, Albert Montanes of Spain and Santiago Giraldo will fight for a palce into the last eight. The Colombian ousted another Spaniard and Albert in the opener, Albert Ramos, whom he defeated in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Montanes progressed into the second round thanks to a straight set win over compatriot Daniel Gimeno.
Finally, Eduardo Schwank of Argentina will play Polish Lukasz Kubot in the second round. The Argentine progressed into the next term after his first round opponent Juan Ignacio Chelsea was forced to pull over at 3-6, 6-5. Kubot secured a smooth progress after ousting Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain in two sets, 7-5, 6-0.
Acapulco Prize Money and points:
Winner – $264,000 and 500 points ATP
Runner-up – $122,000 and 300 points ATP
Semi finalist – $59,000 and 180 points ATP
Quarter finalist – $27,500 and 90 points ATP
R16 – $14,050 and 45 points ATP
R32 – $7,585 and zero points ATP
Del Potro clinches his 150th career victory at the Delray Beach
Winner of the US Open, the young Argentine claimed his big win against Richard Berankis of Lithuania whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4 after saving five beak points. Del Potro will next play Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russian in what is supposed to be a pretty tough meeting, considering that Gabashvili managed to oust John Isner in the opener. Del Potro is also aiming his first title after a one-year break. “It is positive for me to get through to the next round… After a year out of competition it is very tough to come back. I am improving match by match. I made two semi-finals in two weeks and my game is improving tournament by tournament,” he said after his 150th victory of career.
Del Potro is on the same half of the table with Mardy Fish who also progressed into the second term after his opener opponent Bjorn Phau of Germany had to pull over. If he passes the Russian, del Potro will play either Florent Serra of France or South African Kevin Anderson. Serra progressed into the next term after he defeated Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-3, 7-3, while Anderson got into the second round thanks to another three-set win over American Donald Young whom he edged 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.
Finally, Adrian Mannarino and Aljandro Falla will fight for a place into the quarters. The French sent Leonardo Mayer of Argentina packing after beating him in three sets, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. As for Falla, he advanced into the next term after his first round opponent Jan Kajek abandoned.
Concerning the first half of the table, Ivan Dodig has made a pretty good start at the Beach where he aims his second title of the year. The Croatian, winner of the Zagreb Indoors, beat Igor Kunitsyn of Russia in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to meet Dudi Sela of Israel in the second round. Sela ousted Aussie Marinko Matosevic 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Janko Tipsarevic and Slovenian Blaz Kavcic will play for a place into the last eight. The Serbian beat Croatian Ivo Karlovic in straight similar but uneasy sets, 7-6, 7-6, while Kavcic got a place intot he second round thanks to an easy win over Robert Farah of Colombia whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4. Sam Querrey has also reached the second term at the Delray Beach. The American passed Dustin Brown of Germany 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to meet compatriot Ryan Sweeting in the next term. Sweeting upset Russian Igor Andreev in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
James Blake is the fourth American to fight for the home title. He beat German Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-4 and is expected to face Japanese Kei Nishikori who provided one of the biggest surprises at the Beach, ousting Argentine Brian Dabul 6-2, 7-6.
Delray Beach Prize Money and points:
Winner – $76,500 and 250 points ATP
Runner-up – $40,300 and 150 points ATP
Semi finalist – $21,800 and 90 points ATP
Quarter finalist – $12,435 and 45 points ATP
R16 – $7,325 and 20 points ATP
R32 – $4,340 and zero points ATP11