2/16/13 4:07 AM | Cheryl Murray
Juan Martin Del Potro has a date with Grigor Dimitrov in Saturday's semifinal at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Juan Martin Del Potro (2) def. Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro put in a good showing on serve to defeat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets. It was all Del Potro in the first set. Nieminen didn't have a single chance to break serve as Del Potro strode out to a 6-3 lead.
The second set was better for Nieminen. The Finn kept pace with Del Potro as the match seemed headed toward a tiebreaker. But Nieminen inexplicably threw in a poor service game when he served to stay in the match at 4-5 and handed Del Potro the straight-set win.
Del Potro will battle Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.
Grigor Dimitrov def. Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(4), 7-6(0), 6-4
The most interesting quarterfinal of the day came with Dimitrov's win over Marcos Baghdatis. The Bulgarian played fantastic tennis, except for his break-point conversion rate, which was a dismal two for 13 for the match. Baghdatis proved opportunistic in the first-set tiebreaker, taking advantage of a slight lapse in concentration from Dimitrov.
But Dimitrov came right back in the second set, once again pushing Baghdatis to a tiebreaker. The difference was that Dimitrov was supremely focused and he kept Baghdatis from posting any points to tie the match at a set apiece.
Dimitrov carried his good form into the third set. He secured the only break of serve for either player to seal the match win.
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