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Juan Martin Del Potro beats Robin Haase at Paris Masters, closes in on Tour Finals

Juan Martin Del Potro inched closer towards securing his spot at the ATP Tour Finals after he defeated Robin Haase in their Paris Masters encounter.

tennis Updated: Nov 02, 2017 18:07 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Paris
Juan Martin Del Potro,Robin Haase,Paris Masters
Juan Martin Del Potro celebrates after winning his Paris Masters encounter against Robin Hasse.(AP)

Juan Martin del Potro closed in on a World Tour Finals place by beating Robin Haase 7-5, 6-4 in the Paris Masters last 16 on Thursday.

The former US Open champion can take the eighth and final qualification spot for London from Pablo Carreno Busta if he reaches the semi-finals at Bercy, and he will face either John Isner or sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight.

The 13th-seeded Argentinian had little trouble in seeing off Dutchman Haase, who had notched his first win over a top-five player against Alexander Zverev on Wednesday.

Three successive breaks of serve left Del Potro serving for the first set, which he took on his fourth set point.

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The 29-year-old grabbed the crucial break in game five of the second set, before closing out a comfortable victory.

Del Potro, who was 47th in the ‘Race to London’ standings before the US Open, is now one win away from reaching his fifth semi-final in six events.

His incredible run of form included a victory over Roger Federer en route to the last four at Flushing Meadows and a second straight Stockholm Open title.

If Del Potro reaches the Paris semis, Frenchman Lucas Pouille would have to win the tournament to deny him a spot at the year-ending eight-man event.

Spanish great Rafael Nadal takes on Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas later on Thursday, having already secured the year-end world number one ranking.

Pouille is up against American Jack Sock.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 17:50 IST