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Juan Martin del Potro advances to Delray Beach semis

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina advanced to his third consecutive semifinal by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-4 in the Delray Beach Championships yesterday.

sports Updated: Feb 26, 2011 11:34 IST

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina advanced to his third consecutive semifinal by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-4 in the Delray Beach Championships on Friday.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, reached the San Jose and Memphis semifinals the past two weeks. He'll next face Mardy Fish, who defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia, 6-1, 6-4. Del Potro is making a comeback from wrist surgery that kept him off the ATP Tour for much of 2010.

"Three semifinals in three weeks, so it's great for my comeback," the Argentine said. "I hope I play well tomorrow against Mardy."

Fish reached his fourth career Delray Beach semifinal. He won the Delray title in 2009.

Del Potro never offered Anderson a break point opportunity in their match and took advantage of both break points he was presented. Meanwhile, the second-seeded Fish was able to break Falla's serve three times.

"I came out and took advantage of some errors he gave me and I played pretty clean," Fish said. "I stepped it up some in my last two service games and closed it out."

The other semifinal will feature Kei Nishikori, the 2008 Delray champion, and sixth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Tipsarevic defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-6 (0), 6-1 in the quarterfinals, while the 66th-ranked Nishikori beat American Ryan Sweeting 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.