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Del Potro reaches Sydney semis, all over for Kvitova

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro continued his encouraging buildup to the Australian Open by reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday, but women's contender Petra Kvitova was stunned by a Bulgarian qualifier in the last four. World number five Del Potro was dragged into a scrap by Radek Stepanek and needed to recover from a mid-match meltdown before fending off the Czech veteran 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a clash with 2008 champion Dmitry Tursunov.

Tennis: Del Potro sets up Sydney semi against Tursunov

World number five Juan Martin del Potro recovered from losing the second set to beat Radek Stepanek and book a place in the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday. The Argentine, who boasts a huge forehand, downed the Czech Davis Cup hero 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a last-four clash against Russia Dmitry Tursunov, who advanced with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 win against Uzbek Denis Istomin. Top seed Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion who has worked his way back up the rankings after wrist surgery, needed his big serve to get him home after Stepanek levelled the match.

Tennis: Del Potro to face Czech hero in Sydney quarters

Juan Martin del Potro dropped the opening set before beating Nicolas Mahut to secure a quarter-final spot against Czech Davis Cup hero Radek Stepanek at the Sydney International on Wednesday. The Argentine, playing his first match of the year, rallied from a set down to beat Frenchman Mahut 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in his tournament opener after receiving a first-round bye. World number five Del Potro will play Stepanek on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals after Stepanek defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

Tennis: Del Potro to face Czech hero in Sydney quarters

Juan Martin del Potro dropped the opening set before beating Nicolas Mahut to secure a quarter-final spot against Czech Davis Cup hero Radek Stepanek at the Sydney International on Wednesday. The Argentine, playing his first match of the year, rallied from a set down to beat Frenchman Mahut 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in his tournament opener after receiving a first-round bye. World number five Del Potro will play Stepanek on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals after Stepanek defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

Football/Tennis: Messi loses out to Del Potro in Argentina

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi may have been crowned world footballer of the year four times, but in his native Argentina it's tennis giant Juan Martin del Potro who is top dog. World number five Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, edged out Messi to claim Argentina's Sportsman of the Year award at the Sporto Argentino Festival. "I am very happy to have received the Gold Prize of Clarin," del Potro wrote on his Facebook page.

Del Potro beats Hewitt in exhibition match in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Dec 8 (EFE).- Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro beat Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in an exhibition match played at the Gimnasia y Esgrima soccer club's stadium in the city of La Plata. The 25-year-old Del Potro, the world No. 5, was able to handle the 32-year-old Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner, before 15,000 tennis fans on Saturday. Fans expressed their support for Del Potro even though he decided not to play Davis Cup for Argentina next year.

Tennis: Del Potro, Janowicz,Tomic set for Sydney

World number five Juan Martin del Potro and Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz will join defending champion Bernard Tomic at the Sydney International in January, organisers said on Sunday. Argentina's Del Potro, 25, has enjoyed a strong year with titles in Basel, Tokyo, Washington and Rotterdam and featured in this month's ATP World Tour Finals in London. "I know the fans like when I hit my forehand really strong. I like to share moments with the crowd and in Sydney the fans create a great atmosphere for the players," Del Potro said.

Federer proves he is still up for the fight

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - When Roger Federer hangs up his rackets his sublime artistry will define his career but in beating Juan Martin del Potro to reach the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals he showed that when the chips are down he can fight like an alley cat. For most of Saturday's Group B shootout for the right to play Rafa Nadal, the 17-times grand slam champion looked to be heading for the exit but the Swiss refused to budge under the Argentine's brutal power and clawed out a 4-6 7-6(2) 7-5 win.

Tennis: Federer battles past Del Potro to make semi-finals

Roger Federer staged a superb fightback to reach the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday. Federer had only once failed to reach the last four in 11 previous appearances at the season-ending event and he recovered from a set and a break down, and then 3-0 down in the final set, to subdue the Argentine fourth seed and maintain his impressive record.

Djokovic advances at ATP Finals with win over Del Potro

London, Nov 8 (EFE).- Serbia's Novak Djokovic booked a spot in the final four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory here over big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. Djokovic snagged a break of serve in the sixth game of Thursday night's Group B round-robin match before a packed crowd of 15,000 spectators at the O2 Arena in London, and was able to ride that advantage to a one-set lead.
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