Juan Martin del Potro step closer to ATP Finals spot after latest Paris Masters victory
Juan Martin del Potro moved closer to securing the final spot for the season-ending ATP Finals by beating Robin Haase 7-5, 6-Four within the third spherical of the Paris Masters on Thursday.
Del Potro, who misplaced to Roger Federer on Sunday within the Swiss Indoors ultimate, is in 10th place within the race to qualify for the event. Only the highest eight gamers will compete in London and there’s one place left, to be taken in Paris.
“I would love to reach London once again. It could be a fantastic moment for me,” mentioned del Potro, who was approach again in 47th place within the race earlier than the U.S. Open. “I’m excited to keep improving for this kind of surprise. I love to surprise myself and that’s what I’m doing now.”
Del Potro has a troublesome problem subsequent, in opposition to big-serving American John Isner.
The ninth-seeded Isner, final yr’s runner-up to Andy Murray, hit 25 aces as he beat sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (10), 5-7, 7-6 (Three).
Seventh-seeded David Goffin of Belgium was by to the finals in London, regardless of a shock loss to unseeded Julien Benneteau 6-Three, 6-Three. The Frenchman reached the quarters of a Masters for the primary time since Shanghai in 2014 in his ultimate event earlier than retiring.
Goffin can have waited nervously on the results of Frenchman Lucas Pouille’s outcome in opposition to Jack Sock. But Pouille’s 7-6 (6), 6-Three loss to the 16th-seeded American despatched him by, at Pouille’s expense, making him the primary Belgian to qualify for the season finale.
Del Potro faces John Isner subsequent (Getty)
“I would have preferred to have qualified by winning and Lucas is a friend,” Goffin mentioned. “But I am still so happy to have qualified.”
Earlier, Dominic Thiem misplaced early once more, this time falling to Fernando Verdasco 6-Four, 6-Four.
Since dropping to del Potro in 5 units within the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open, the fifth-seeded Austrian has received solely two matches in 5 tournaments.
Verdasco, in the meantime, subsequent performs Sock within the final eight.
Also, Filip Krajinovic superior with a 6-2, Three-6, 6-1 win in opposition to Nicolas Mahut of France. The Serbian qualifier subsequent performs Rafael Nadal or Pablo Cuevas.
Nadal, who’s assured to end the yr with the highest rating for the fourth time in his profession, has by no means received the Paris Masters.