Basel, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion Juan Martin del
Potro was an easy second-round winner Thursday at the $1.955 million Swiss
The top-seeded Argentine slugger drilled former Australian Open runner-up and
former Basel finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-2 in 72 minutes at St.
Jakobshalle. "Delpo" broke the Cypriot Baghdatis four times while holding his
formidable serve throughout.
Del Potro, who upset Swiss hero Roger Federer in last year's Basel finale, is
seeking a trip into a third final in three events, having recently titled in
Tokyo and finished as a runner-up at the Shanghai Masters.
The former U.S. Open champion del Potro's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will
be Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who doused fellow countryman Michael Llodra
6-4, 6-3 on Day 4.
Also on Thursday, rising Canadian Vasek Pospisil vaulted past 6-foot-10 Croat
Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes, France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat
German Tobias Kamke 7-5, 6-3, and German Daniel Brands drilled Poland's Lukasz
Kubot 6-2, 6-4.
The 2013 Basel titlist will earn $475,000.
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