2/22/13 1:59 AM | Cheryl Murray
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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