Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro advanced to a big-man semifinal showdown in Rotterdam. Today, Berdych bested Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4. Del Potro crushed Viktor Troicki 6-0, 6-1. Del Potro is now 5-0 career against the Serb.
Later today Roger Federer returns against Jarkko Nieminen. After a 6-4, 6-4 win Wednesday over Nicolas Mahut, Federer received a walkover yesterday from Mikhail Youzhny withdrew due to a foot injury.
With the Russian unable to play, Federer played a fun-spirited exhibition match last night against Igor Sijsling.
Federer has won all 12 meetings against the lefty Finn.
Nikolay Davydenko and Richard Gasquet will play in the final quarterfinal of the day.
Stateside, Andy Roddick will test his injured right ankle tonight in San Jose against Denis Istomin. Roddick turned the ankle during the second set of a three set win over another Denis, Denis Kudla Wednesday night.
Defending champion Milos Raonic clashes with the big-serving Kevin Anderson. “It’ll come down to just a few opportunities,” said Anderson. “Service game is going to be a big focus, so hopefully I’ll be able to serve well and capitalise on a few opportunities.”
On the South American clay, in his Sao Paulo title defense Nicolas Almagro is into the quarterfinals. Fernando Verdasco, David Nalbandian and Tomasz Bellucci are also on the Friday schedule.
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