• Rotterdam - Del Potro, Gasquet on course to make semifinal

    2/17/12 12:40 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Rotterdam - Del Potro, Gasquet on course to make semifinal Tournament seeds Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet are set to highlight Friday play, as they meet respective opponents Viktor Troicki and Nikolay Davydenko. The players look to make the final four in Rotterdam.

    (3) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. (7) Viktor Troicki

    World No. 10 Juan Martin Del Potro holds a 4-0 series lead over world No. 24 Viktor Troicki. Friday signals their first meeting since 2009.

    Del Potro passed into the quarterfinal by virtue of his 6-4, 7-5 win against qualifier Karol Beck. The first-time ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament entrant is bidding for his first semifinal of the season.

    Troicki reached the last eight after beating wildcard Jesse Huta Galung, 7-6(2), 6-3. The seventh seed will attempt to make his second consecutive Rotterdam semi.

    Prediction: Del Potro in three sets.

    (5) Richard Gasquet vs. Nikolay Davydenko

    World No. 16 Richard Gasquet is 3-1 lifetime against former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko. The players last met in Montpellier, where the Frenchman recorded a round of 16 win in straight sets.

    Gasquet came through the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 ousting of Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. The fifth seed looks to reach his first semifinal in 2012.

    Davydenko held on to beat qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu in the round of 16, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1. The veteran aims to book his fourth semifinal in Rotterdam.

    Prediction: Gasquet in straight sets.

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Shades of Kolya of old.

smr , 2/17/12 11:09 PM

Yes, finally saw Davy getting a good win and into the semi of a 500 event! He'll get 180 points at least, so he'll move up the rankings a bit. Well done! I hope he'll get back on track and shows us some of his 2009 form. I like Davy and his game, hope 2012 is a good year for him.

luckystar , 2/18/12 4:10 AM

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