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Tennis: Del Potro, Murray move closer to possible Rotterdam final

Published on Feb 14, 2014 5:54 AM
 
Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro returns a backhand against French player Paul-Henri Mathieu during the second round match of the ATP World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, on Feb 13, 2014. Top-seeded duo Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray progressed to the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam on Thursday, keeping alive the prospect of a meeting in the final itself. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP) - Top-seeded duo Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray progressed to the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam on Thursday, keeping alive the prospect of a meeting in the final itself.

Del Potro, the number one seed, moved safely through with a victory over unseeded Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in 86 minutes, his win featuring 10 aces.

Meanwhile, second-seeded wild card Murray had a tougher time before eventually overcoming promising Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Murray found himself fending off a 20-year-old who is the youngest player ranked inside the top 125 and was a quarter-finalist last season in Kitzbül;hel and Vienna.

 
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