Del Potro crushes Tipsarevic to stay in ATP semis race
LONDON (AFP) - Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro crushed Serbian eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4 on Thursday to keep alive his hopes of securing a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals.
After both players lost their opening Group B matches, this clash at London's O2 Arena had become a must-win encounter and it was former United States Open champion del Potro who seized his chance to avoid an early exit with a brutal display of power hitting.
Del Potro, seeded sixth, has lost just twice indoors in 2012 and he blew Tipsarevic off the court in just one hour and 16 minutes.
The Argentine still needs a win against Roger Federer in his final group match on Saturday to reach the last four and even that may not be enough depending on the result of David Ferrer's meeting with Tipsarevic.