Juan Martin del Potro impressed tennis fans in Los Angeles, yesterday, by ousting Yonkers-born player, James Blake, 6-4, 7-6, to progress to the quarterfinals of the Farmers Classic. The Argentine, who is expected to be a contender for the US Open in New York, described the encounter as a "really tough match". Those following the US Open 2011 tennis odds
should bear this in mind.
The Farmers Classic is the second male-only tournament in the US Open Series, and the third overall.
DelPo will now play Ernests Gulbis, of Latvia, in the semi-finals. Gulbis reached the fourth round of the US Open in 2007, and the final eight of the Rome Masters in 2010. The 22-year-old flattened rookie player, Daniel Kosakowski, in his qualifying match, winning 6-2, 6-4.
Kosakowski, despite losing to Gulbis, referred to the match as "a breakthrough" for his fledgling career.
Blake's loss to Del Potro could have enormous implications for the American's Grand Slam hopes. Blake, currently ranked 90th on the ATP Singles Rankings, compared to DelPo in 19th, may no longer be able to automatically qualify for the Betfair US Open 2011
. He could need a wildcard to progress to the event at Flushing Meadows.
The American left the court without waving to supporters and looked unhappy at the way things had gone.
DelPo says that he is "very excited" about the upcoming Grand Slam, which will be his first US Open since he won the title in 2009. "If I could start to play tomorrow, I would", the Argentine said.
The 22-year-old recently told reporters that he was not thinking about the wrist injury that ruled him out of last year's US Open. However, he notes that he still has "everything to improve, starting with my ranking, with my game, with my body, with my physicality."