• Del Potro closing in on Basel semis

    10/26/12 12:01 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Del Potro closing in on Basel semis World No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro will attempt to book a place among the final four at the Swiss Indoors Basel, as he takes the court against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. The winner moves on to face either Richard Gasquet or Mikhail Youzhny.

    Second seed Juan Martin Del Potro leads World No. 39 Kevin Anderson 3-0 in the series, following a trio of hard-court victories tallied in 2011. The players are set to meet for the first time since last year's tournament in Valencia, where the Argentine won a round of 16 match in straight sets.

    Del Potro, who became the sixth player to qualify for London this week, is through to the quarterfinals after beating American Brian Baker in straight sets. The 24-year-old is seeking his ninth semifinal berth of the season.

    "For me it’s a gift for my effort during the year," Del Potro explained. "Being in that tournament means a lot. It’s only eight players fighting for one tournament. It’s the best eight players of the year, so it’s very important to me. I’m so glad to be there once again. I will be fighting against the big names in London and maybe I’ll have a chance to make another final."

    Anderson survived an extended second-round match against Australia's Marinko Matosevic late Thursday. The 26-year-old Johannesburg native struck 17 aces en route to a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 victory in two hours and 20 minutes.

    Anderson remains on track to reach his first semi since Delray Beach.

    Prediction: Del Potro in straight sets.

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