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Berdych, Del Potro join Federer in quarters

Updated February 17, 2012 09:53:27

Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro joined resting top seed Roger Federer in the Rotterdam Open quarter-finals.

Second seed Berdych advanced with only minimal effort as opponent Marcos Baghdatis quit with a left foot injury after 19 minutes on court while trailing 3-0 in their second round match.

But Del Potro, the number three seed making his debut here, had a battle on his hands before he finally got past Slovak Karol Beck 6-4, 7-5.

Federer moved easily into the last eight at the Ahoy stadium when scheduled second round opponent Mikhail Youzhny withdrew a day before their contest with a left foot injury.

Federer still had to go out and win his opening match against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, which he did, 6-4, 6-4.

Del Potro had to overcome a slight bloody nose which required a medical time-out early in the contest with Beck.

Once that was sorted, it was back to work for the 2009 US Open champion, who advanced with nine aces - his last one earned two match points.

Del Potro needed almost two hours to move into a match with the winner from Serb seventh seed Victor Troicki and the last local standing in Jesse Huta Galung.

"He played so fast and hits with such a low bounce, I really had to keep up," said Del Potro of Beck. "It was tough.

"But I focused in the last game on trying to get an ace. I got one and I'm just glad that I'm through."

Frenchman Richard Gasquet, seeded fifth, continued his steady progress at his second tournament appearance, defeating Russian Alex Bogomolov 6-3, 6-2 while Italy's Andreas Seppi dispatched German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2.

The 16th-ranked Gasquet improved his record to seven wins this season to next face Russian Niklay Davydenko.


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First posted February 17, 2012 09:53:27

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