• Del Potro, Tipsarevic seek semifinal spots in Vienna

    10/19/12 11:34 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Del Potro, Tipsarevic seek semifinal spots in Vienna World No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro looks to reach a second consecutive final in Vienna, as he takes on Luxembourg's Gilles Muller Saturday afternoon. The Argentine is joined in action by fellow seed Janko Tipsarevic, who faces qualifier Grega Zemlja.

    (1) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Gilles Muller

    Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro leads world No. 81 Gilles Muller 1-0 in the series, having won their only previous meeting at the 2009 Australian Open.

    Del Potro is through to the final four after taking out Australia's Marinko Matosevic in straight sets. The 24-year-old is seeking his fourth championship final berth of the season.

    Muller made the semifinal by virtue of his straight-set ousting of Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, 6-3, 6-4. The 29-year-old will attempt to reach his second tour-level final in 2012.

    (2) Janko Tipsarevic vs. (Q) Grega Zemlja

    Second seed Janko Tipsarevic heads into the semifinals with a 1-0 series edge against Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja. The players last met at this year's US Open, where a third-round match went to the World No. 9 in straight sets.

    Tipsarevic passed into the semifinal after opponent Aljaz Bedene retired late in the match. "I'm happy that I'm in the semifinals," said the Serbian No. 2. "This is obviously not the way I would have wanted to do it, but it's nice to have a long break. I'm happy about the way I played."

    Tipsarevic will be looking to secure his fourth final of the season.

    Zemlja held on to upend 3rd seed Tommy Haas in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The 26-year-old, through to his first tour-level semi, will attempt to record his 11th main-draw victory of the year.

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How come Delpo was taken to two tie breaks by Muller?
And what happened to Tipsy?

ed251137 , 10/20/12 7:07 PM

Delpo was taken to 3 tiebreaks in his first match. He is coming off a wrist injury. Muller has a very good serve. For that matter how come he Nadal was taken to 2 tiebreaks at Wimbledon last year by Muller barely winning any points on his serve?

chr18 , 10/20/12 7:14 PM

That's indoor tennis for you. Fast serves, fast boring points. Not many service breaks with lots of tie breaks.


Conspirator , 10/20/12 7:23 PM

Rafa hammered Muller in the third set at that Wimbledon! Rafa also hammered the same Muller at USO last year! Muller is even better on grass than on indoor hard courts!

luckystar , 10/20/12 7:35 PM

textor , 10/20/12 8:26 PM

Vienna is fast. two tiebreakers between Muller and Delpo is not surprising.

RickyDimon , 10/20/12 11:09 PM

When a tournament is dominated with tiebreaks it is too fast.


Conspirator , 10/20/12 11:21 PM

I only like indoor tennis when Llodra is playing, that's where we can see his S & V tennis in full flow, beautiful. On grass too, Llodra's game looks so beautiful!

luckystar , 10/21/12 1:37 AM

Let me put it this way, to me, the best game to watch on clay:Rafa's; best on fast hard courts: Fed's; best on indoor hard courts and on grass: Llodra; best on slow hard courts: Nole's.

luckystar , 10/21/12 1:42 AM

Llodra rolled today. He should do well in Basel.

RickyDimon , 10/21/12 1:44 AM

Llosa is a racist.

Conspirator , 10/21/12 3:19 AM

best on indoor hard courts and on grass: Llodra luckystar, 10/21/12 1:42 AM

Maybe you think it's the best to watch but it isn't effective. He went down to Steps (why did he have to qualify?) in qualifying today.

chr18 , 10/21/12 6:55 PM

yeah i'm not sure what the comment meant. Llodra isn't even one of the Top 50 indoor players right now.

RickyDimon , 10/21/12 9:08 PM

Please refer to my original comment. Of course I meant best to watch, didn't I put 'best to watch' in the very first sentence? If its best on certain surface, there's no need for me to tell you, their results are there for us to see!!

As I've mentioned, Llodra's game is beautiful on grass and on indoor surfaces. He literally 'flies' around the court, so light and so quick!

luckystar , 10/22/12 11:31 AM

As to the effectiveness of Llodra's game, well he's well past 30 yo now, not much to be expected from him in singles; he had his last hurray in singles in 2010, winning titles, reached the SF of the Paris Masters on very fast indoor hard courts(where his beautiful game was in full flow, beating the likes of Nole and Davy along the way). He also helped the French team in their DC ties that year and reached the final; too bad he lost that most important DC match to Troicki and the French failed to win the Davis Cup.

Llodra did win a title at Rotterdam one year and one or two titles at Marseille. He also won at Eastborne in 2010, I think, beating GGL in the final, and Dolgo, enroute to the final. He was playing so well that year on grass, that he was giving Roddick all sorts of problems at Wimbledon. Too bad for him, he wasn't consistent enough in maintaining his good level and ended up losing to Roddick in four sets.

luckystar , 10/22/12 11:57 AM

lucky, the last match Andy and Llodra played was fabulous, great fun to watch and so full of excellent shot making.
However, Andy did say Ivan would not have approved...oops.
(wrote this b4, but seems to have vanished)

deuce , 10/22/12 4:47 PM

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