11/8/12 11:27 PM | Ricky Dimon
Juan Martin Del Potro eases past Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets on Thursday at the World Tour Finals. Del Potro will go up against Roger Federer on Saturday while a winless Tipsarevic wraps up his round-robin effort against David Ferrer.
Facing a must-win situation, Juan Martin Del Potro kept his World Tour Finals hopes alive by rolling over Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4 during round-robin action on Thursday night. Del Potro evened his tournament record at 1-1 after one hour and 16 minutes.
The Argentine, who lost to David Ferrer on Tuesday, took control against a struggling Tipsarevic right away. He won the first three points of the match then capitalized on his second break chance at 15-40 to pull ahead 1-0. In fact, Del Potro did not lose a single game in the entire first set.
Tipsarevic saved one break point and held a marathon first game of the second to finally get on the scoreboard. But it only delayed the inevitable for the ninth-ranked Serb, who dropped serve midway through it to all but end his chances. One break was all Del Potro needed, as he served out the proceedings in routine fashion.
Tipsarevic had retired against Jerzy Janowicz in the Paris quarterfinals and said after getting crushed by Roger Federer in his opening London match that he was not at 100 percent. He took to Twitter immediately after losing to Del Potro. "Passed the one hour mark one more time baby!!!! Wooooohooooo!!!;)"
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