• Del Potro continues Estoril title defense against Montanes

    5/3/12 11:29 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Del Potro continues Estoril title defense against Montanes Juan Martin Del Potro looks to reach the final four in Estoril as he takes to the court against two-time former champion Albert Montanes. The players are joined in action by third seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who takes on 6th seed Robin Haase.

    (1) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. (7) Albert Montanes

    Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro trails 7th seed Albert Montanes 1-0 in the head-to-head series. Friday signals their first meeting since 2006.

    Del Potro made a strong start to his title defense, having crushed Portugal’s Rui Machado in the opening round, 6-1, 6-0. The 23-year-old Argentine is bidding for his fourth semifinal of the season.

    Montanes rallied to defeat Bobby Reynolds in the round of 16, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The veteran will attempt to book his first semifinal since August 2011.

    (3) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. (6) Robin Haase

    Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka holds a 3-0 series edge against 6th seed Robin Haase. The players are set to contest their first clay-court match on Friday.

    Wawrinka made the quarterfinal by virtue of his straight-sets ousting of Spanish qualifier Ivan Navarro. The 27-year-old Swiss remains on track to reach his third clay-court semifinal of the season.

    Haase rallied to upend Spanish qualifier Inigo Cervantes in the round of 16. The 25-year-old Dutchman is bidding for his first tour-level semi since summer 2011.

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