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Juan Martin del Potro went all out to beat No. 3 seed Andy Murray 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1 for the first time in five tries on hard courts and will play Djokovic next.
“It was a tough match. There was a lot of long rallies,” he said. “It’s very warm conditions the first set or two, and sometimes on the serve if your legs are just a little bit tired you can miss serves. Just timing might go a little bit off and you’re not quite getting up to them. That’s maybe what happened.”
Against Del Potro, Murray double-faulted for the eighth time to end the 2.5-hour match, missing with his second serve down the middle to get broken for the third time in the set and fifth in the match. He was playing his first tournament since losing the Australian Open final to Jokovic in late January
“He played like someone that’s won a lot of matches recently,” Murray said. “Especially in the second and third set when the important moments came, he played well.”
Del Potro hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament until he lost the tiebreaker 7-5 on an errant forehand. He’s reached at least the quarterfinals in four of five events this year.