Saturday, May 5, 2012

Del Potro to battle Gasquet for Estoril Open title

Del Potro to battle Gasquet for Estoril Open title

Juan Martin del Potro will battle Richard Gasquet tomorrow for the 2012 Estoril Open title.

Today, Del Potro defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(2), 6-4 in 93 minutes while Gasquet advanced to the final with a 2-6, 7-6(1), 7-5 victory over Albert Ramos in three hours and three minutes..

Wawrinka saved four match points at 3-5 but at the end del Potro was too strong and sealed the match.

"It's always tough to play Stan," said the South American, who is hunting an 11th career title. "He never gives you anything.

"It will be the same against Richard tomorrow -- another tough player on clay. I will have to improve my game even more if I'm to win.

"I love playing on the clay and it would be great to win this title again."

Gasquet and his opponent hit five aces, but the Frenchman won 63 per cent of his service points and converted three of his eight break point opportunities.

"He was attacking a lot and I had to defend all the time. He played very well, as clay is his best surface. He really made me work," Gasquet said of Ramos.

"I had to serve well in the end to get this win. We played a lot of big points. I had to fight but felt a lot better after I won the tie-break.

"Physically I feel good, but we will see on Sunday. I have nothing to lose and will just have to play my game."