• Estoril - Del Potro opens title defense against Machado

    5/3/12 1:30 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Estoril - Del Potro opens title defense against Machado Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro is set to headline second-round play at the Estoril Open, as he squares off against Portugal’s Rui Machado. The players will be looking to make the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

    (1) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Rui Machado

    Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro makes his return to the tour following a round of 16 finish in Monte-Carlo. The 23-year-old Argentine is 23-6 for the season, aided by a title-winning run in Marseille. He will be defending championship points this week, having upended Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the 2011 final.

    World No. 90 Rui Machado rallied to defeat compatriot Pedro Sousa in the first round. The 28-year-old is bidding for his second Tour-level victory of the season.

    (4) Albert Ramos vs. Bjorn Phau

    Fourth seed Albert Ramos trails world No. 87 Bjorn Phau 1-0 in the series. Thursday signals their second meeting on clay.

    Ramos is 16-12 for the season after reaching the round of 16 in Barcelona. The 24-year-old Spaniard will be making his first main-draw appearance in Estoril.

    Phau dismissed Portugal’s Frederico Gil in the first round, 6-4, 6-2. The 32-year-old veteran will attempt to book his first tour-level quarterfinal since January 2011.

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