• Del Potro holds off Llodra, Simon moves on

    2/22/13 1:59 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Del Potro holds off Llodra, Simon moves on Juan Martin Del Potro had a fight on his hands, but he eventually got past Michael Llodra to advance to the quarterfinals.

    Juan Martin Del Potro (2) def. Michael Llodra 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5

    Juan Martin Del Potro didn't play his best tennis on Thursday, but the Argentine was clutch when it really mattered. The Argentine fought off a match point on his own serve with a big ace and he staved off nine of the 10 break points against him.

    Llodra, by contrast, played outstanding tennis. The Frenchman won three more total points than Del Potro, but the Argentine played the better tiebreaker to level the match at a set a piece and took the only true chance he had at a service break with Llodra serving to send the deciding set to a tiebreaker.

    After the match, Del Potro said, "I think I played a very good level at the end of the match. He played well throughout the match. I needed luck to beat him today, because he deserved to win the match as well."

    Del Potro's win sets up a quarterfinal showdown with another Frenchman, Gilles Simon.

    Gilles Simon (6) def. Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3, 6-1

    Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut had no answer to Gilles Simon on Thursday. Bautista-Agut was broken a whopping seven times in the brief two-set match. Simon was quite at home playing for his countrymen on a court that the Spaniard doesn't play well on.

    Simon finds himself in a tricky section of the draw. He faces 2012 champion Del Potro in the quarters and if he manages to get past him, he is seeded to take on countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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holds off?

RickyDimon , 2/22/13 4:11 AM

When your the higher seed (muuuuuch higher BTW), and you are in a TB down a set and comback for the win (7-5 in the decider no less), yeah, that's pretty much holding off.


Conspirator , 2/22/13 2:22 PM

^^^ come back


Conspirator , 2/22/13 2:24 PM

isn't the term "holding off" generally used when a player is in the lead,but then the other guys comes back to make a match of it,but ultimately loses.(inspite of coming back)? It would have been better to say " del potro rallies to beat llodra". Not that it actually matters though.

tj600 , 2/22/13 2:53 PM

Certainly can be. But can also be used in the context of a favoured player or team holding off the challenge of a lesser ranked player or team in a closely fought match.


Conspirator , 2/22/13 3:18 PM

tj600 - you are correct

as usual, Conspirator is wrong

RickyDimon , 2/22/13 5:15 PM

Conspirator is right.

holdserve , 2/22/13 5:27 PM

trust me, he isn't


RickyDimon , 2/22/13 6:15 PM

I'm right as usual.


Conspirator , 2/22/13 6:52 PM

Agree with tj600 and Ricky's confirmation of his comments. Ricky's right as usual.

scoretracker , 2/23/13 5:14 AM

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