Del Potro overpowers Cilic, advances to French Open semis

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Paris, June 7 (IANS) Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday qualified for the semifinals of the French Open after he defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in a two-day rain-delayed match.

The three-hour and 50-minute match, which put Del Potro in the French Open’s last-four for the second time in his career, was suspended on Wednesday due to the weather, reported Efe.

“It has been a long time without good feelings on my body. I made three surgeries in my left wrist and I was close to quit(ting) this sport,” Del Potro said, according to the Ronald Garros website.

“Now I do not have any words to describe this moment, it is so good for me, my team, my family. I am so proud to be here playing my tennis in front of you (the crowd) and I feel at home here,” he added.

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Del Potro struck 31 winners and 19 aces, compared to Cilic’s 53 and 18, respectively.

Del Potro is set to play next Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

–IANS

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