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Tennis news - Juan Martin del Potro sets up Beijing semi-final with Fabio Fognini

Del Potro sets up Beijing semi-final with Fognini
By Reuters

05/10/2018 at 15:02Updated 05/10/2018 at 16:03

World number four Juan Martin del Potro scythed down Serbia's Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-0 in the China Open on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with Italian Fabio Fognini.

Former U.S. Open champion Del Potro fired down 12 aces and won five out of eight break point opportunities to chalk up a comfortable win over the 26-year-old.

"I've been training hard to play at this level," Del Potro, who has booked his spot in next month's season-ending ATP Finals in London, said.

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates winning the match during his men's singles quarter finals match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 5, 2018.

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates winning the match during his men's singles quarter finals match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 5, 2018.Getty Images

"Today, everything worked good, starting from my serve, from my forehands and backhands. That is the game I need to go far in this tournament."

Del Potro faces a potentially tricky test against the in-form Fognini on Saturday. The Italian beat Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-4 as he maintained his own pursuit of a place in London.

Fabio Fognini of Italy serves during his men's quarter-final match against Maton Fucsovics of Hungary at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 5, 2018.

Fabio Fognini of Italy serves during his men's quarter-final match against Maton Fucsovics of Hungary at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 5, 2018.Getty Images

Victory meant fourth seed Fognini has won a career-high 43 matches this season while claiming three titles in the process.

"It's going to be a difficult one," Del Potro, who has a 1-1 win-loss record against Fognini, added. "Fabio beat me in the Mexico final this year, he's playing very well already."

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